April 16, 2011

Wheaton moves to 4-0 in NEWMAC for first time since 2006, edges Bears

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Wheaton College men's tennis team won two of three doubles matches and split its six singles contests en route to a hard-fought 5-4 victory over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) host United States Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon, as the Lyons remained perfect through four league matches for the first time since 2006.

Wheaton also matched the spring of 2005's nine-match winning streak while improving to 10-4 overall.  The hosts dropped to 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

In doubles action, both of the Lyons' victories were tight, with senior Brian Krantz (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran) and junior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine/Deering) prevailing 8-6 in the top slot.  Senior Harry Altman (Riverdale, N.Y./The Dwight School) and freshman Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) notched a narrow 9-7 victory at three.

During singles, Krantz yielded just two games to pick up a 6-2, 6-0 win in the second position, while sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, Conn./Xavier) cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at number six.  Oliver's 6-4, 6-4 victory from the top spot proved to be the difference.

Senior Gregory Poulin (Boxboro, Mass./Home Schooled) dropped a tough 7-5 final in the opening set at three before falling, while Altman notched a 6-3 first-set victory at five but dropped 6-4 and 10-8 decisions over the next two sets.

The Lyons look to continue their winning ways on Tuesday when they host non-conference foe Endicott College at 4:00 p.m.

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