DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The close matches didn't break the way the Johnson & Wales University men's tennis team needed to pick up a victory on Thursday. The Wildcats started the spring season by dropping a 6-3 decision at UMass Dartmouth.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 0-2 while the Corsairs improved to 2-5.
Marco Saldierna tied the match at 2-2 with his 6-4, 6-2 win against John Fratus at number six singles. Alex Rohana's 7-6, 6-3 win at number four pulled JWU within 4-3. Unfortunately, the Wildcats lost the third set at number one and two to quell any chances of a comeback victory.
Johnson & Wales will try to get its first win of the year when it travels to Clark for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Tuesday.
1. Patrick Pacheco (UMD) def. Ryan Schiele (JWU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
2. Tristin Viale (UMD) def. Gianni Rodriguez (JWU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
3. Anthony Joseph (UMD) def. Gunnar Mahoney (JWU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Alexander Rohana (JWU) def. Eli Brooks (UMD) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
5. Zach Pavao (UMD) def. Jack Hopkins (JWU) 7-5, 6-0
6. Marco Saldierna (JWU) def. John Fratus (UMD) 6-4, 6-2
1. Ryan Schiele/Gianni Rodriguez (JWU) def. Patrick Pacheco/Eli Brooks (UMD) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Tristin Viale/Anthony Joseph (UMD) def. Gunnar Mahoney/Alexander Rohana (JWU) 8-6
3. Zach Pavao/John Fratus (UMD) def. Jack Hopkins/Marco Saldierna (JWU) 9-8 (7-5)
Johnson & Wales: 0-2
UMass Dartmouth: 2-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1), Singles (6,3,5,4,2,1)