HANOVER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team lost a 7-2 decision to Colby-Sawyer College, which qualified for the past six NCAA Division III Tournaments, on Wednesday afternoon in Dartmouth College's Boss Tennis Center.
- Saint Michael's (3-7), Colby-Sawyer (3-4)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Max Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), 1 win
- Senior Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), 1 win
- First-year Ivan Llona (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union), 1 win
- The Purple and Gold continued a run of five matches in eight days, playing for the second time in 24 hours.
- The Chargers won the last six North Atlantic Conference (NAC)/North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) crossover championships while qualifying for the NCAA Division III Tournament each year.
- The teams' first meeting since 2015-16.
- Llona improved to 8-1 in singles on the season.
- With the teams playing by NAC/NEAC rules, each doubles contest counted toward the final match score and was played to eight games.
- The Purple Knights' second and third doubles tandems both fell by 8-3 counts, with senior Jake Remillard (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) and junior Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) siding at two and Llona and sophomore Tirth Barot (Petrolia, Ontario/North Albion Collegiate Institute) partnering in the third spot.
- Allen and Foley earned an 8-6 triumph in the top spot to bring Saint Michael's within 2-1 heading into singles.
- Each singles match featured at least one close set, but the Chargers clinched the victory while capturing the first four played to completion.
- Barot lost 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6, Mosher suffered a 6-2, 6-3 defeat in the third spot, and Allen was swept by a narrow 6-4, 6-4 count at No. 2, allowing the hosts to nail down the victory. Remillard followed suit in the fifth spot, also losing a close 6-4, 6-4 contest.
- Llona snapped the Colby-Sawyer winning run by rallying for a 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-8 victory in the fourth position.
- Foley's 6-3, 6-1 setback at No. 1 concluded the match.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH
- Saturday vs. Assumption College, 12 p.m.
- The match will mark the Purple Knights' return to Northeast-10 Conference play for the first time since Feb. 9.