NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Johnson & Wales University men's tennis team continued its strong spring season on Saturday. The Wildcats swept the doubles on their way to an 8-1 triumph against Norwich.
With the win, the Wildcats will host the GNAC North Championship match on April 29. JWU will take on Suffolk.
The victory improved the Wildcats' record to 8-2 overall, 2-0 in the GNAC. Norwich dropped to 6-4 and 0-2 in the league.
Jack Hopkins (Hamilton, Mass.) and Tyler Dupee (Middletown, NY) got the first doubles point when they won 8-4 at number three. That was the same score at number two for Ryan Schiele (Lusby, Md.) and Taylor Farmer (Carmel, Ind.). Completing the sweep was the senior duo of Andre Barbero (Briell, NJ) and Nicholas Auffret (Holtsville, NY) as they won 8-5.
Farmer picked up the first singles win for Johnson & Wales as he took down Tyler Eagan, 6-0, 6-3 at number four. Barbero clinched the team victory as he won at number one 6-2, 6-2 against Ian Hyte.
JWU goes on the road Monday to take on Clark in a rescheduled match from March 28
Johnson & Wales 8, Norwich 1
1. Andre Barbero (JWU) def. Ian Hyte (NOR) 6-2, 6-2
2. Nicholas Auffret (JWU) def. Dylan Ackerman (NOR) 6-3, 6-1
3. Jay Carter (NOR) def. Ryan Schiele (JWU) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 1-0 (6)
4. Taylor Farmer (JWU) def. Tyler Eagan (NOR) 6-0, 6-3
5. Tyler Dupee (JWU) def. Sam Beiter (NOR) 6-3, 6-2
6. Jack Hopkins (JWU) def. Timothy Birnbaum (NOR) 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
1. Nicholas Auffret/Andre Barbero (JWU) def. Ian Hyte/Dylan Ackerman (NOR) 8-5
2. Ryan Schiele/Taylor Farmer (JWU) def. Jay Carter/ Tyler Eagan (NOR) 8-4
3. Jack Hopkins/Tyler Dupee (JWU) def. Hadley Ellis/ Sam Beiter (NOR) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)