Wheaton begins NEWMAC play with 7-2 triumph at Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Wheaton College men's tennis team opened its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) slate with a 7-2 triumph over Springfield College on Saturday. The Lyons moved to 5-2 overall, while the Pride fell to 2-7.

The visitors nabbed a 2-1 edge after three close doubles matches. Senior James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) and junior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, MA/Home Schooled) won 8-5 in the second position, while juniors Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) and Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran) nabbed an 8-6 win at three.

In the top position, senior Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) and sophomore Neall Oliver (Portland, ME/Deering) suffered a narrow 8-6 setback.

The Lyons pulled away in singles play, earning four of its five wins in straight sets. Oliver yielded only three games during a top-spot victory, Little earned a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at two, and Hudgins corralled a 6-2, 6-3 win in the third slot. Krantz won 6-3, 6-3 at five.

Altman rallied for victory in the sixth position, completing a 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 win. At four, Poulin lost a marathon match 5-7, 7-6, 11-13.

Wheaton hosts Bridgewater State College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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