ORLANDO, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team completed a 9-0 loss to Dallas Baptist (Texas) University before falling to Roger Williams University, 7-2, during a regularly-scheduled match on Tuesday during its Spring Break trip to Florida. The Purple Knights are 1-3 this season.
The Purple Knights began their match with 9-4 Dallas Baptist on Monday afternoon at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus, completing doubles before rain moved in during singles play. The teams finished the match on Tuesday at Lake Cane Tennis Center.
The Purple Knights fell in all three doubles matches on Monday, with two new combinations appearing at the second and third positions. Senior Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) sided with sophomore Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) for the second straight match, losing an 8-3 decision at No. 1. Senior Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) and sophomore Max Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) lost an 8-2 match in the second spot, and sophomore Jake Remillard (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) and first-year Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) followed suit at No. 3.
In singles, Allen came the closest to securing a victory, falling by a 6-4, 6-0 score in the fourth spot. Mosher was downed 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5, while Lambert and senior Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) captured three games apiece during straight-set losses at No. 1 and 2, respectively.
Saint Michael's returned to the USTA National Campus for its evening match with 2-2 Roger Williams, winning once during doubles but losing a pair of close matches. Dietz and Lambert improved to 2-0 behind an 8-6 win at No. 2, with his two wins alongside Lambert accounting for both doubles decisions of Dietz's career. In the top spot, Foley and Steward took an 8-6 loss, while Mosher and senior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) suffered an 8-5 defeat in the third spot.
Mosher's 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 victory at No. 5 singles - the first singles win of his career - was among a handful of close matches in that portion of the evening. Foley won his opening set in the fourth spot before losing a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 decision, and Steward dropped two close sets during a 6-4, 6-4 setback at No. 3. Lambert and Dietz both won four games total in the first and second spots, respectively, with Lambert only falling 6-3 during his opening set.
The Purple Knights take on regionally-ranked West Chester University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday at 3 p.m. back at the USTA National Campus. The Golden Rams are ninth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Region poll.