Friday, May 18, 2007
By Bob Heller
Millersville University became the eighth team defeated by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's tennis team yesterday afternoon as the Devils, on the strength of their singles play, handed the Marauders just their second loss of the spring season, a 6-3 defeat in Millersville, Pennsylvania.
The Devils improve to 8-2 overall. Millersville falls to 4-2.
The Devils took two out of the three doubles matches with Tyler Weisel (Jr., Greater Latrobe Sr. HS/Greensburg, Pa.) and Ricardo Martins (Fr., Idegio Pentagono/Sao Paulo, Brazil) teaming up to earn an 8-2 pro-set win over Greg Bennett and Chris Paolini at number one doubles. Roberto Franco (Sr., Abraham Lincoln HS/Lima, Peru) and Dan Rubin (Fr., Neshaminy HS/Langhorne, Pa.) defeated Mark Trieres and Scott Smith, 8-6 at number three doubles for USP's second point of the afternoon. Paul Caceres (So., Bergen Catholic/ Teaneck, N.J.) and Ken Connelly (Fr., Sacred Heart HS/Millville, N.J.) fell to Chris Matisse and Jim Trieres at number two doubles, 8-2.
Leading 2-1 going into the singles competition, USP captured four of the six singles matches to come away with the win. Caceres defeated Matisse at number three singles 7-5, 6-4 to improve his record to 8-3 on the season, while Connelly was a 6-4, 6-3 victor over Smith at number six singles. USP's other two singles wins went to three sets as Weisel defeated Bennett, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 at number one singles and Franco defeated Jim Trieres 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 at number four singles. Weisel and Franco are now 8-3 and 8-4 respectively in singles competition this year. Martins lost to Paolini 7-6, 6-0 at number two singles to drop his record to 7-4 and Mark Trieres defeated Ryan Pell (Jr., West York Area HS/York, Pa.) at number five singles by default.
The Devils return to action today when they take on East Stroudsburg University in a Division II regional matchup in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.