October 7, 2012

Wheaton finishes as runner-up at eight-team Stonehill Invitational

EASTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's tennis team had a strong showing during the two-day Stonehill College Invitational that came to a close on Sunday, as the Lyons notched a runner-up finish to the hosts among eight competing teams at the Watt Tennis Courts.

With 21 points, Wheaton was a mere three points shy of Stonehill, as the overall champion came down to a final match between the squads.  The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth was a distant third place with 11 points.

Juniors Dan Sharon (Santa Monica, Calif./Brentwood School) and Sam Jackson (Darien, Conn/Darien) claimed singles titles in the second and third flights, respectively.

Sharon turned in a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over a Stonehill player, while Jackson needed three sets to defeat his Skyhawk counterpart.  Jackson won 6-2 in the opening set before losing 7-5 in the middle set, but he responded with a 10-8 victory during the third-set super tiebreaker.

In the fourth singles flight, freshman David Gassen (Dusseldorf, Germany) suffered a three-set setback to a Stonehill foe.  After dropping the first set, Gassen posted a hard-fought 7-6 win in the middle set before falling in the third-set super tiebreaker by a 10-3 count.

In the consolation final at first singles, freshman Will White (Nantucket, Mass.) put up a good fight against an Eastern Nazarene College player before dropping an 8-6 decision.

Sophomore Lawrence Chan (Lincoln, R.I./Wheeler School) and freshman Tyler Smith (New Canaan, Conn.) represented the Lyons in the doubles championship round.  Facing a Skyhawk tandem, the Lyon duo suffered a 6-3, 6-0 setback.

Today's competition marked the end of Wheaton's fall schedule.  The Lyons return to action next March 7 when they host Nichols College in a non-conference match.

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