September 13, 2009

Altman and Poulin capture doubles championship at Wheaton Invitational

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College men's tennis juniors Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) and Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, MA/Home Schooled) captured the top doubles championship during Sunday's Wheaton Invitational on the Clark Tennis Courts.

The five-team invite was comprised of one Division I school, one Division II institution and a trio of Division III squads.  Bridgewater State and Colby-Sawyer colleges joined Wheaton as the three from Division III, while the College of the Holy Cross represented Division I and Merrimack College Division II.

Lyon senior Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) won a trio of matches before falling in the championship round of the open singles draw, while sophomore Neall Oliver (Portland, ME/Deering) defeated senior teammate James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) in the consolation final.

Senior Chapman Beekman (South Kingstown, RI/South Kingstown) and junior Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran) were victorious in the second-doubles consolation final.

After picking up a bye to start first doubles, Altman and Poulin notched an 8-6 victory over a Holy Cross tandem in the semifinal round before recording an 8-3 win against a Merrimack duo in the final. 

At second doubles, Beekman and Krantz blanked the opposition from Bridgewater State in the opening round, narrowly fell to Holy Cross, 8-6 in a semifinal match, and finished with an 8-3 triumph over Colby-Sawyer in the final round of the consolation bracket.

During the 15-athlete singles draw, Hudgins registered 8-3 and 8-4 wins over Holy Cross and Merrimack, respectively, before advancing to the championship round after another Merrimack player was forced to retire despite leading 3-6, 6-2, 9-3.  In the final, Hudgins dropped an 8-2 decision to a Holy Cross player.

Little and Oliver each lost their opening matches, 8-6 to fall into the consolation bracket.  Little earned 8-5 and 8-1 wins over a pair of Bridgewater State players to reach the final, while Oliver downed a Bridgewater player by an 8-3 count before winning, 8-4 over Holy Cross in a semifinal match and 8-2 against Little in the consolation final.

The Lyons finish out their fall slate the weekend of September 25-27 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament at Williams College.

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