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.
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.