BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott men's tennis team defeated NCAA Division I opponent Holy Cross, 7-2, on Monday evening at the South Campus Court to move its record to 2-0 on the season.
In doubles play, Book and Rinkert teamed up for a 7-5 win in the No. 2 slot, while Eherts partnered with Thomas Brent (Gorham, Maine) for a decisive 6-2 victory at No. 3. Meanwhile, in singles action, Book earned a 6-4, 7-5 triumph at the No. 1 position, Rinkert put together a hard-fought 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 win at No. 4, and Eherts came away with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 5.
Christopher Kirkpatrick (Newburyport, Mass.) and Justin Toler (Concord, N.H.) rounded out the list of doubles winners with a 6-4 triumph at No. 1, and Anthony Rinaldi (Attleboro Falls, Mass.) registered the final victory of the match with a 6-3, 7-5 score at No. 6 singles.
"Good team effort today highlighted by some strong doubles play to that put us in a good position to close out the match during singles," said Endicott men's tennis head coach Jeremy Howard. "We're now looking forward to co-hosting the North Shore Invitational with Gordon College this weekend."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Book is undefeated in singles play this season (1-0 at No. 1, 1-0 at No. 2) and unblemished at No. 1 singles for his career (3-0).
- Rinaldi has won three straight singles matches dating back to last season.
- As a doubles pairing, Kirkpatrick/Toler are 2-0 this season, all at No. 1.
Endicott (2-0) will host the North Shore Invitational this Saturday, starting at 8 AM. Holy Cross (1-3) welcomes Clark University to its campus on Wednesday, October 4 at 3 PM.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)