SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University men's tennis team will face Northeast Conference foe St. Francis Brooklyn and regional challenger NJIT this weekend in the Tri-State area.
Bryant and St. Francis Brooklyn will meet on Friday afternoon, while the Bulldogs and Highlanders will meet on Saturday afternoon.
Opponents: St. Francis Brooklyn | NJIT
Date: Friday, Feb. 16 (1:00 p.m.) | Saturday, Feb. 17 (1:00 p.m.)
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. (McCarren Park) | Newark, N.J. (Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility)
Coach Gendron's Comments
"We are looking forward to our second conference match against a much-improved Brooklyn squad. NJIT is a very competitive team that creates a lot of interesting matchups. Last year was a battle and we are looking forward to the same type of matchup in the second half of the weekend."
- Bryant is 3-0 all-time against St. Francis Brooklyn. The Bulldogs and Terriers have not met since the 2013-14 season. The top-seeded Bulldogs cruised past the eighth-seeded Terriers in the first round of the NEC Tournament.
- Bryant and NJIT will be meeting for the second-straight season. The Black and Gold won the initial meeting last season, 4-3.
Bulldog Notes and Notables
- The Bulldogs enter the weekend at 4-9 overall after splitting a pair of matches last weekend. They defeated Binghamton, 6-1, before falling to Dartmouth, 4-0.
- Redshirt-junior Matt Kuhar (Smithfield, R.I.) will bring a six-match winning streak into the weekend. He is 8-1 in the spring, including two matches that have gone unfinished.
- Senior Jorge Ortiz-Garcia (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) had a strong weekend, winning one match and having one go unfinished. He now has six wins on the season.
- Classmate Luke Lorenz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is second on the team with 11 wins.
- The Bulldogs played five matches against NJIT during the Farnsworth Invite. Bryant went 1-2 in singles and 2-0 in doubles.
Scouting the Terriers
- The Terriers enter the weekend with a 1-7 overall record.
- St. Francis Brooklyn played Boston University tough two weeks ago, falling 4-3.
Scouting the Highlanders
- NJIT is a perfect 3-0 on the year, posting wins over Navy, Drexel, and Fairleigh Dickinson.
- Tomi Antoljak has played at the No. 1 singles spot in all three matches, going 2-1.
- Zac Castagna (No. 5), Abdullah Fouad (No. 4), Richard Rangga (No. 6) and Lukas Zvikas (No. 3) are all undefeated in dual matches.