SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Led by an exceptional season debut by senior captain Dana Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C.), the Bryant University men's tennis team was once again impressive over the weekend at the annual Brown Invitational.
Coming off arguably his best season as a Bulldog, Parziale ran through three very talented opponents over the weekend en route to a well-deserved flight victory in Providence. The 2013 First Team All-Northeast Conference selection defeated Rhode Island-native Jesse Frieder of Boston University in quarterfinal action before earning a huge victory over Brown's William Spector, 7-6, 0-6, 6-2, in the semifinals.
In the finals, Parziale faced off with reigning MAAC Player of the Year Dalen Klassen, and in true Bulldog fashion defeated his senior counterpart in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-3, to earn the flight championship.
"Dana was truly exceptional over the weekend," said Bryant head coach Ron Gendron. "He was able to not only maintain a great deal of poise over the course of the grueling weekend, but he excelled with multiple impressive wins."
Leading the way in doubles action, sophomores Max Vogt (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and Phillip Kim (Marina, Calif.) were equally impressive, teaming up for just the second time in their Bryant careers to win a main doubles flight. In the opening round, the Bryant duo topped Bowdoin's Chris Lord and Eric Chien, 8-3, before defeating Emilio Teran and Lucas Bombonatti of BU, 8-6, to earn a trip to the flight finals. In the championship round, Vogt/Kim battled another tough Bowdoin tandem, Luke Trinka and Chase Savage, squeaking out a well-earned 8-7 victory to win the draw.
"I was very pleased with how we performed as a whole," added Gendron. "From top to bottom this was one of our best tournament showings since we joined the Division I ranks."
The Bulldogs will have just a few short days before they get back after it at the USTA Invitational over the weekend (Sept. 20-22).
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