The CCRI Knights’ tennis team concluded their spring break road trip by traveling to Selden, N.Y. to play Suffolk County College. The Knights lost to Suffolk 7-2. With the loss, the Knights fell to 2-3 on the season.
CCRI’s first doubles team of John Chammat (Cumberland) and Ross Bouchard (South Kingstown) lost to the Suffolk tandem of Scott Lagerbach and Steve Williams 8-6. In second doubles, the Knights charted a victory with the team of Otniel Lopes (Pawtucket) and Sean Gorman (South Kingstown) defeating the Suffolk team of Chad Stevens and Mike Guccardi convincingly 8-1. However, in third doubles, Suffolk got back in the win column with the team of Nick Giranda and Dave Hahn defeating the tandem of Timothy Holzinger (Foster) and Eddie Papineau (Scituate) 8-2.
In the singles matches, the Knights did not fare much better. In first singles, Chammat lost to Lagerbach 6-3 and 6-2. In second singles, Lopes fell to Williams 6-4 and 6-2. In three singles, Bouchard fell to Stevens 6-3 and 6-2. However, in four singles, Gorman defeated Guccardi 6-3 and 6-4 for the lone Knights’ singles victory. In five singles, Holzinger fell to Billy Fisher 6-0 and 6-4. Finally, in six singles, Papineau fell to Hahn 6-2 and 6-0.
The Knights have a couple weeks off and will be back in action on Friday, April 5 when they will host the Vikings of Mercer County Community College for a 3:30 p.m. match. Also playing on that day will be Brookdale CC and Harford College, with both matches at Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass., the home courts of the CCRI Knights’ tennis team.
Knights fall to Nassau
On Friday, the Knights tennis team traveled to Garden City, N.Y. to take on the Lions of Nassau Community College. The Lions blanked the Knights 9-0, taking all nine positions.
It was a tough day for the Knights, facing the team they just edged out at the nationals last year, with Nassau finishing a half-point behind the Knights for third place in that tournament. However, the Lions were able to come out on top this time without much trouble.
Beginning in first doubles, Nassau’s Pasha Shapouri and Roey Heyman defeated Chammat and Bouchard 8-3. In second doubles, Matt Kallenburg and Kevin Burgess defeated Lopes and Gorman 8-1. Finally in third doubles, Will Ottemba and Brandon Fassberg defeated Holzinger and Papineau in a close match, 8-5.
In singles it did not get any better for the Knights, as Chammat lost to Shapouri 6-0 and 6-1 followed by Lopes losing to Kallenberg 6-2 and 6-0 and Bouchard falling to Heyman 6-1 and 6-1. Rounding out the singles matches were Gorman falling to Burgess 6-1 and 6-3, Holzinger falling to Ochoa 6-2, 4-6 and 6-4 and Papineau losing to Ottemba 6-4 and 6-2.
The Knights will next travel to Selden, N.Y. to play the Sharks of Suffolk Community College on Saturday, concluding their spring trip.
Knights knock off Ocean County
On Thursday, the Knights tennis team traveled to Toms River, N.J. to take on the Vikings of Ocean County College. Despite very windy and cold conditions, the Knights managed to take the match 6-3, winning two out of three doubles and four out of the six singles matches.
In first doubles, the CCRI team of Bouchard and Chammat defeated the OCC tandem of Bill Humphries & Kory Kahley 8-2. In second doubles, OCC struck back with Justin Ramos & Matt Fazzi defeating Lopes and Gorman 8-6. However, in third doubles, the Knights came right back with Holzinger and Papineau defeating Dan DeTata & Mike Hull 8-6.
In the singles matches, OCC struck first as Humphries defeated CCRI’s Chammat 6-3 and 7-6 in first singles. That match evened the score to 2-2, but the Knights answered in second singles with Lopes defeating Kahley 7-5, 3-6, and 1-0. The Knights kept rolling in third singles with Bouchard defeating Ramos 7-6, 6-7, and 1-0. In four singles, Gorman defeated Fazzi 6-1 and 6-4. In five singles, Holzinger defeated DeTata 4-6, 6-4, and 1-0. OCC got one more win in six singles with Hull defeating Papineau 1-6, 6-1, and 1-0.