SMITHFIELD, R.I. – In arguably its best team victory in program history, the Bryant University men's tennis team picked up a huge 4-3 win over Big East powerhouse Georgetown Saturday morning in New Haven, Conn.
Continuing his storybook senior campaign, captain Dana Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C.) got things started for the Bulldogs with a convincing, 6-0, 6-2, victory over Daniel Khanin at no. 1 singles. Riding the momentum, freshman Oliver Welsh (San Diego, Calif.) earned a come-from-behind win at no. 3 singles, defeating Casey Distaso, 4-6, 6-5, 6-4, and sophomore Max Vogt (Fair Oaks, Calif.) topped Yannik Mahlangu, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, at no. 4 singles to push the score to a 3-3 tie heading into doubles play.
"As a unit, we were able to execute under pressure", said Bryant head coach Ron Gendron. "Our senior captain led the way and his performance was absolutely dominant."
"Max and Oliver played solid matches and behind the singles wins we took the 3 all tie into doubles, which for the first time was played to conclude the match, adding a great element of excitement."
In doubles action, freshman tandem John Templeman (Midland, Mich.) and Welsh put on a phenomenal showing, defeating Mahlangu and Jack Murphy, 6-2, at no. 3 doubles, setting up Vogt and partner Zachary Morris (Garden City, N.Y.) for the match-clinching 6-5 win in the top doubles spot.
"All week we had worked on doubles and I liked the way our teams looked", added Gendron. "Zac and Max looked strong and clinched."
"The guys that put us in position were awesome, with John and Oliver playing the set of the year. It's a great feeling when all the hard work pays off. We are looking forward to riding this momentum into a difficult challenge against BC and Hofstra next weekend."
The road does not get any easier for the Black and Gold with a busy schedule on Saturday, heading to Chestnut Hill, Mass., in the morning to face off with Boston College (9 a.m.), before returning to Rally Point for a nightcap with Hofstra at 7 p.m.
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