October 10, 2010

Altman and Sharon capture doubles championship at Stonehill Invitational

EASTON, Mass. - Wheaton College men's tennis senior Harry Altman (Riverdale, N.Y./The Dwight School) and freshman Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif./Brentwood School) earned the doubles championship on Sunday during Stonehill College's two-day invitational at the Watt Tennis Courts.

During Saturday's opening round, the tandem knocked off a Roger Williams University pair by an 8-3 count.  Altman and Sharon then notched a hard-fought 8-6 victory over a Stonehill duo in the semifinal later that day before cruising to an 8-3 triumph against a Merrimack College twosome during today's final.  Merrimack and Stonehill are both Division II schools.

In singles action, senior Brian Krantz (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran) advanced to the final round before dropping a 6-2, 6-4 decision to a Merrimack foe.  On Saturday, Krantz beat a Curry College player by a 6-1, 6-2 count in the opening round and later won 6-0, 0-6, 10-8 in a semifinal match against Salve Regina University.

Junior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine/Deering) was victorious during today's consolation final, as he recorded an 8-2 win over his Salem State College counterpart.  Oliver came up on the short end of a three-set match to a Stonehill opponent during yesterday's opening round before blanking a Bridgewater State University foe in the semifinal round.

Also competing in singles play were senior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, Mass./Home Schooled) and sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, Conn./Xavier).  Poulin registered a 7-5, 6-1 win versus a Roger Williams foe in the opening round before suffering a 6-1, 6-1 setback to a Merrimack player in the semifinal round.

Scarpa lost 6-1, 6-0 against a Merrimack opponent to begin Saturday's action but bounced back with a tough 9-7 semifinal win to advance to today's consolation final, where he fell 8-2 to a Roger Williams foe.

Wheaton concluded its fall portion of the schedule today and won't return to action until mid-March for its annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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