March 14, 2011

Lyons drop second straight match on southern trip

HILTON HEAD, S.C.- The Wheaton College men's tennis team fell for the second time in as many days, dropping an 8-1 decision to Ithaca College during a battle between regionally-ranked squads on Monday afternoon.

Ranked 20th in the region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the Lyons fell to 1-2 on the season, while the 13th-ranked Bombers evened their record at 1-1.

Senior Harry Altman (Riverdale, N.Y./The Dwight School) earned Wheaton's lone point with a 6-4, 7-5 victory at number-five singles. 

In other singles action, freshman Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif./Brentwood School) split two sets by counts of 5-7 and 7-6 before falling 10-3 in the super breaker at fourth.  Junior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine/Deering) lost 6-4, 6-3 in the second spot, while senior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, Mass./Home Schooled) fell 6-3, 6-3 at number three.

In doubles action, Oliver and senior Brian Krantz (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran) dropped a close 9-8 decision in the top spot.  Altman and freshman Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif./Brentwood School) suffered an 8-5 setback in the second slot, while Poulin and freshman Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) lost 8-4 at number three.

The Lyons are back in action tomorrow morning against Mississippi College.

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