NORTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's tennis team emerged victorious in three of four singles flights during its own invitational on Sunday to open its season. The Lyons also had tandems reach finals in both doubles flights.
Junior Sam Jackson (Darien, Conn./Darien) won the fourth singles flight, while freshmen Jonah Feit (Los Angeles, Calif.) and David Gassen (Dusseldorf, Germany) were the victors in the first and third flights, respectively.
Feit made his collegiate debut a memorable one after blanking the opposition from Endicott College by an 8-0 count in the opening round, which was played inside at Beard Field House. The next and final round was held outside at the Clark Tennis Courts. There, Feit knocked off his foe from New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) school Clark University, 6-2, 6-4.
At third singles, Gassen edged his Bridgewater State University counterpart, 8-6, in the first round before needing a come-from-behind effort in the title match against a Clark player. After losing 6-1 in the first set, Gassen notched a 6-4 middle-set victory and a 10-6 triumph in a super tiebreaker to secure the overall win.
Jackson doubled up his Bridgewater State opponent in the first round of the fourth flight and then recorded a 7-5, 6-2 victory over a Clark foe. At second singles, freshman Will White (Nantucket, Mass.) was forced to retire in the opening set due to an injury in his match against an Endicott player.
In doubles play, a pair of Wheaton duos put up good fights before falling just short. At the top, juniors Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif./Brentwood School) and Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) posted an 8-5 win against an Endicott twosome before falling 8-5 to a Clark tandem.
Second doubles saw sophomore Lawrence Chan (Lincoln, R.I./Wheeler School) and freshman Tyler Smith (New Canaan, Conn.) cruise to an 8-1 triumph over Bridgewater State before suffering a narrow 8-6 setback to Clark.
The Lyons aren't back in action until the end of the month, when they compete at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Tournament on September 28-30 at Williams College.