April 9, 2011

Wheaton remains unbeaten in league play with 8-1 victory against Clark

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's tennis team improved to 3-0 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for the first time since 2007 following an 8-1 victory over visiting Clark University on Saturday at the Clark Tennis Courts.

Stretching their winning streak out to six matches, the Lyons are now 7-4 overall.  The Cougars fell to 1-7 and 0-2.

Wheaton took a 2-1 edge after doubles play, as senior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, Mass./Home Schooled) and freshman Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif./Brentwood School) cruised to an 8-1 triumph at two before senior Harry Altman (Riverdale, N.Y./The Dwight School) and freshman Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) won 8-2 at three.

The Lyons' lone loss came at first doubles, with senior Brian Krantz (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran) and junior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine/Deering) dropping a hard-fought 9-7 decision to sophomores Diego Angel (Lima, Peru/Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and Harris Rollinger (Lexington, Mass./Lexington).

The hosts collected five straight-set wins in singles play, as Poulin, Sharon and Altman allowed just three games each in the third, fourth, and fifth slots, respectively.  Krantz recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win over Rollinger at two, sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, Conn./Xavier) emerged victorious by a 6-4, 6-0 count at six, while Oliver overcame a 6-0 loss in his opening set at one before turning back Angel with a 7-5 second-set win and a 10-5 victory in the super tiebreaker.

Wheaton is slated to play its third match in as many days tomorrow morning at non-conference opponent Colby-Sawyer College at 11:00 a.m.

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