Mass. College Tennis: Nichols Upends Regionally Ranked Hobart

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s tennis match, which saw the Bison top the regionally ranked Hobart Statesmen:

ORLANDO, Fla. – Sophomore Brandon Roode (Griswold, Conn.) and first-year Eduardo Irizarry (Lajas, Puerto Rico) took down the region’s 10th-ranked doubles team to help the Nichols College men’s tennis team defeat regionally-ranked Hobart on Wednesday.  The Bison improve to 6-3 on the season while the Statesmen, ranked 14th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Northeast preseason poll, slipped to 2-5.

Roode and Irizarry cruised to an 8-2 victory at the first doubles flight to defeat sophomore Michael Fields (Minnetonka, Minn.) and senior Bruce Grant (Syosset, N.Y.) as the Bison staked an early 1-0 lead. Senior Peter Cruice (Greenville, Del.) and sophomore Luke Deluccia (Horseheads, N.Y.) evened the match with an 8-5 win over first-years Carlos De La Cruz (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and Josh Halpern (Secaucus, N.J.) at the second flight. Senior Justin DeLuca (Mashpee, Mass.) and graduate student David Drucker (Bellemore, N.Y.) were down 6-7 and saved a pair of match points en route to the 9-8 (7-1) triumph at the second flight as the Bison took the 2-1 advantage into the singles portion of the match.

After Roode dispatched his singles opponent 6-3, 6-0, at the first singles flight, Fields claimed the final flight for the Statesmen as he downed De La Cruz  6-0, 6-2 at the fifth spot. DeLuca then posted a 6-1, 6-1 decision to take the second flight setting the stage for Drucker to clinch the match at the fourth flight with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph. Halpern added to the Bison point total as he claimed the sixth flight 6-3, 7-5 while Irizarry topped James 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) to seal the 7-2 decision.

“Today was one of the biggest wins we have ever had,” remarked head coach Paul Brower. “Brandon and Eduardo set the tone with a dominant win in doubles. D and Drucker came up huge gutting out the win at No. 2 doubles. That win was a big boost as we moved into singles. Overall it was a great effort.”

Nichols is back in action at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow with a match against North Central (Ill.) while Hobart has a 12:30 p.m. appointment tomorrow with Grinnell.

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