SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's tennis team gave Richmond everything it could handle but could fell to the Spiders, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Tose Family Tennis Center in Annapolis, Md.
The Bulldogs won the doubles point and at No. 1 and No. 2 singles before the Spiders won each of the final four singles matches.
Bryant 3, Richmond 4
Records: Bryant (2-7), Richmond (2-3)
Location: Tose Family Tennis Center (Annapolis, Md.)
COACH GENDRON'S COMMENTS
"Today was a great battle. We had our chances to take a good team down today but it got away. We have a quick turnaround and have to face Navy at 9 a.m. tomorrow."
HOW IT HAPPENED (DOUBLES)
- No. 1 – Caleb Troy and James Aronson were able to defeat the Bryant tandem of redshirt junior Matt Kuhar (Smithfield, R.I.) and junior Artur Jakubowski (Dallas, Texas), 7-5.
- No. 2 – Sophomore Jorge Isaias Ortiz-Garcia (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) and freshman Trent Massam (Wellington, New Zealand) were able to even things with a 6-3 victory.
- No. 3 – Senior Luke Lorenz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and freshman Grant Pertile (Edgartown, Mass.) picked up a 7-5 victory over Klein Evans and Matt Fernandez.
HOW IT HAPPENED (SINGLES)
- No. 1 – Kuhar continued his dominance at No. 1, defeating Troy, 7-5, 6-2.
- No. 2 – Lorenz cruised at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2, over Brice Polender.
- No. 3 – Fernandez was able to defeat Jakubowski, 6-3, 6-3.
- No. 4 – Aronson brought Richmond closer with a straight-set victory over Isaias Ortiz-Garcia.
- No. 5 – Evans evened the match with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
- No. 6 – Massam and Joe Nardini then decided the match with a three-set thriller. Nardini won the first set, 7-5, before Massam evened it with a 7-5 victory in the second set. Massam then grabbed a 4-2 lead in the third set but Nardini rallied to win, 6-4.
- Troy/Aronson (RICH) def. Kuhar/Jakubowski (BRY), 7-5
- Isaias Ortiz-Garcia/Massam (BRY) def. Polender/Lovitt (RICH), 6-3
- Lorenz/Pertile (BRY) def. Evans/Fernandez (RICH), 7-5
- Kuhar (BRY) def. Troy (RICH), 7-5, 6-2
- Lorenz (BRY) def. Polender (RICH), 6-3, 6-2
- Fernandez (RICH) def. Jakubowski (BRY), 6-3, 6-3
- Aronson (RICH) def. Isaias Ortiz-Garcia (BRY), 6-0, 6-3
- Evans (RICH) def. Argentini (BRY), 6-3, 6-1
- Nardini (RICH) def. Massam (BRY), 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
The Bulldogs return to the court on Sunday to face Navy (9 a.m.) and Mount St. Mary's (3:00 p.m.).