NORTON, Mass. - In an incredibly tight men's tennis match that featured four three-set singles contests and one doubles tiebreaker, Wheaton College sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, Conn./Xavier) turned in the deciding three-set victory from the sixth spot in leading his Lyons to a 5-4 victory over regionally-ranked State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta on Friday at the Clark Tennis Courts.
A winner of five consecutive matches, Wheaton raised its record to 6-4, while the Red Dragons, who came into today's action ranked 19th in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast poll, fell to 5-5.
The Lyons took two of three doubles matches, with senior Brian Krantz (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran) and junior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine/Deering) accounting for an 8-5 victory in the top spot. Senior Harry Altman (Riverdale, N.Y./The Dwight School) and freshman Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) won 8-6 at number three.
At second doubles, senior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, Mass./Home Schooled) and freshman Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif./Brentwood School) had their hands full against senior John Taft (Queensbury, N.Y./Glens Falls) and freshman Michael Kennelly (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington), as the Oneonta State pair picked up a 9-8 victory.
All six singles matches were extremely competitive, with Scarpa's 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 triumph proving to be the difference. Poulin and Sharon also won three-setters after dropping their opening sets, as Poulin recorded a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision at three and Sharon emerged victorious by a 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 count at four.
Krantz also lost his first set at second singles, falling 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, while Oliver suffered a 7-5, 6-4 setback at number one and Altman a 7-6, 6-3 loss in the fifth position.
Wheaton turns right back around tomorrow with a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) home match against Clark University at 1:00 p.m.