NEWPORT, RI- The Wheaton College men's tennis team extended its winning streak to five matches with a 7-2 triumph over Salve Regina University at the Leroy Avenue Courts on Thursday. The Lyons, who moved to 7-2 on the season, handed the Seahawks just their third setback in the last seven matches, as the hosts slipped to 4-7.
Wheaton swept doubles in carrying a 3-0 lead into singles play. In the third position, juniors Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) and Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran) produced an 8-3 victory, the most lopsided of the three finals.
Senior James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) and junior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, MA/Home Schooled) earned an 8-5 win at two, while senior Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) and sophomore Neall Oliver (Portland, ME/Deering) rallied for a 9-7 win at one.
During singles play, Altman, Hudgins and Krantz won in straight sets, while Little notched another point for the Lyons. Krantz dispatched his opponent, 6-1, 6-2 at five, Altman picked up a 7-5, 6-2 victory in the sixth position, and Hudgins captured the third-singles contest, 7-5, 6-1. Little dropped his opening set at two, 7-6, before his opponent retired.
In the first singles position, Oliver suffered a three-set loss to senior Andrew Martin (Glastonbury, CT/Glastonbury), as the Seahawk rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 win.
Wheaton is back in action on Saturday, as the Lyons head to the United States Coast Guard Academy for a 1:00 p.m. New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match.