Parziale, Welsh earn NEC monthly honors

Photo by Tom O'Brien
Photo by Tom O'Brien

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – After another fantastic month on play, senior Dana Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C.) and freshman Oliver Welsh (San Diego, Calif.) of the Bryant University men's tennis team each earned a Northeast Conference monthly honor, announced the league Tuesday.

Parziale, who was named Co-Player of the Month in September, earned his second-straight selection, nabbing the October honor out right, while Welsh picked up his first conference monthly nod with a Rookie of the Month honor.

Off to arguably their best start in the Division I era, the Bulldogs did not take the foot off the pedal in October, going 4-0 in dual matches and making some history at the ITA Northeast Regionals.

At the ITA Regionals earlier this month, Parziale helped the Black and Gold win three matches (two doubles, one singles), Bryant's first-ever at the highly-competitive regional tournament. In the main doubles draw, the regionally seeded senior captain received a bye to the round 64 where he took care of Cornell's Dylan Brown, 6-5, 6-4, before eventually falling in the next round.

In doubles play, Parziale and partner Ernesto Arguello (Managua, Nicaragua) earned a pair of victories over tandems from Army and NJIT, also earning a trip to the round of 32.

Welsh has been equally impressive during his freshman campaign in Smithfield. The San Diego native finished with a 4-0 singles record in dual play over the month of October lifting his season-to-date mark to 8-3 this fall. All the wins came in straight sets, beginning with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ryan Sullivan of Holy Cross in #1 flight play. He went on to defeat Boston U.'s Jesse Frieder (6-4, 6-3), St. Francis Brooklyn's Ricardo Garcia (6-1, 6-0) and Hartford's Nick Sharwarko (6-1, 6-0), all at the no. 2 singles spot. Welsh also went 2-1 in doubles play, including an 8-4 #1 flight win against Holy Cross, teaming up with Arguello.

Bryant will wrap-up its fall season with the Harvard Halloween Invitational over the weekend, before opening its championship season with a pair of matches in Hanover, N.H., on January 18.

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