This afternoon marked the final home match for senior captain Gerard Tierney, pictured with his mother, Mollie. (PHOTO BY Jenn Tenczar)
Panthers sweep singles after Skyhawks win two of three doubles matches
EASTON, Mass. (April 23, 2016) – Adelphi University, ranked seventh in the most recent NCAA and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II East Regional rankings, swept all six singles matches to defeat Stonehill College, 7-2, in Northeast-10 Conference men's tennis action inside the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex this afternoon.
Despite the setback, Stonehill (9-9, 5-5 NE-10) locked up the sixth and final spot in this week's Northeast-10 Tournament by way of its head to head victory over Assumption College during the regular season. The Skyhawks will visit third-seeded Adelphi (8-5, 7-2 NE-10) for a quick rematch in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The winner will advance to Friday's semifinal round at second-seeded Merrimack College.
Senior Uladzislau Litvinchuk (Brest, Belarus) and sophomore Matteo Cannavera (Quartu Sant'Elena, Italy) were both double-winners to lead Adelphi to its third straight win to close out the regular season. The duo earned the Panthers' lone doubles point with their 8-5 victory at No. 1. Cannavera, the 13th-ranked singles player in the East Region by the ITA, led the singles sweep with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Stonehill sophomore Thomas Bellio (Saint Joseph, Michigan/Saint Joseph) at the top flight. Litvinchuk registered a 6-2, 6-0 decision at No. 2 singles against sophomore Nikolay Lisichenok (Danvers, Massachusetts/Danvers).
Junior Roey Heymann (Old Bethpage, New York/Plainview-Old Bethpage) clinched the decisive fifth point for the Panthers with his 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 comeback win at No. 5 singles against sophomore Jeffrey Gagnon (Providence, Rhode Island/The Wheeler School). Seniors Sander Brenner (Port Washington, New York/Paul D. Schreiber) and Sebastian Zapata (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights) as well as freshman Daniel Khodosh (Roslyn Heights, New York/The Wheatley School) also earned singles wins for the Panthers.
Stonehill held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play with a pair of tiebreaker decisions. Freshmen Michael Doody (Franklin, Massachusetts/Mount Saint Charles Academy) and Dimitri Vlassov (Marblehead, Massachusetts/Marblehead) posted the Skyhawks first point with their 9-8 (7-5) win at No. 3 against Brenner and freshman Connor Dove (Baldwin, New York/Long Island Lutheran). Lisichenok and junior Joan Castillo (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/St. Joseph School) edged Zapata and Heymann 9-8 (7-5) at No. 2.
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