Wheaton opens spring slate with 8-1 victory against NYU

Wheaton opens spring slate with 8-1 victory against NYU

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's tennis team opened its 2010 spring slate with an 8-1 victory over New York University on Saturday in Beard Field House. The Lyons kept the Violets winless in three decisions this school year.

While playing the earliest match it has ever contested during a given calendar year, the Blue and White moved to 3-0 all time against NYU in the squads' first meeting since April 7, 2006. Wheaton is now 12-4 in its last 16 matches and 44-13 at home since April 2002.

A trio of doubles tandems kicked things off by dropping no more than four games each. Senior Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) and sophomore Neall Oliver (Portland, ME/Deering) notched an 8-4 triumph in the top position, while senior James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) and junior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, MA/Home Schooled) followed suit at number two.

In the third slot, juniors Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) and Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran) combined for an 8-2 win.

During singles play, five Lyons won in straight sets, including with Oliver dropping only two games in the first position. Little and Hudgins notched 6-2, 6-2 victories at two and three, respectively, while Poulin earned a 6-1, 6-4 win at four. Krantz rounded out Wheaton's singles victors by collecting a 6-4, 6-2 triumph in the fifth slot.

At six singles, junior Phillip Rosenstein (London, England/International School of Brussels) earned NYU its lone point, winning in straight sets over senior Chapman Beekman (South Kingstown, RI/South Kingstown), including a narrow 7-6 victory in the second set.

The Lyons break for more than a week before playing four matches in four days at Hilton Head, South Carolina, beginning on March 14 against Saint Norbert College at 12:30 p.m.