Wheaton pushes streak to longest in three years, downs Coast Guard
NEW LONDON, CT- The Wheaton College men's tennis team extended its winning streak to six matches, equaling the program's longest since 2007, with a 6-3 victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy on Saturday in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. At 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the league, the Lyons dropped the Bears to 5-6 while handing Coast Guard a setback in its league opener.
Wheaton pulled out a critical 9-8 victory at second doubles, allowing the Lyons to head into singles with a 2-1 advantage. Senior James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) and junior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, MA/Home Schooled) edged out sophomore Nick Martin (State College, PA) and freshman Blake Maurer (Fort Worth, TX) at two.
The Wheaton tandem of juniors Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) and Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran) notched an 8-2 victory in the third slot, while Coast Guard senior Chris Pappe (Kenosha, WI) and sophomore Greg Mitchell (Keene, NH) earned an 8-3 triumph in the first position.
The squads traded victories in three-set matches during singles action, as Lyon senior Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) downed Pappe, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the third spot, but Mitchell defeated sophomore Neall Oliver (Portland, ME/Deering), 6-3, 4-6, 11-9 at one.
Krantz did not yield a game to his fifth-singles foe, Altman picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win at six, while Little notched a 6-2 victory in the first set over Martin at the second position before edging the Coast Guard player by a 7-5 count in the second set.
Maurer notched the Bears' other singles triumph, winning 6-1, 6-3 at four.
Wheaton heads to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. NEWMAC match. The Engineers, who have won all 11 regular season and tournament league titles in conference history, are ranked 27th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).