BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott men's tennis team fell to NCAA Division II opponent Bentley University, 9-0, on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at the Bass River Tennis Club.
Bentley opened the match by grabbing all three doubles flights in order of the No. 3 (8-1), No. 1 (8-4), and No. 2 (8-5) spots, respectively. The Falcons then went on to defeat the Gulls with wins at No. 2 (6-1, 6-0) and No. 6 (6-4, 6-4) singles to secure the victory before completing the sweep the rest of the way.
In singles play, Christopher Kirkpatrick (Newburyport, Mass.) and Daniel Rinkert (Ben Lomond, Calif.) both turned in hard-fought efforts at the No. 1 (7-6 (9-7), 6-3) and the No. 4 (6-1, 7-6 (7-0)) slots, respectively, but ultimately came up short to the Falcons.
"A little shorthanded today against a tough DII team, Bentley," said Endicott men's tennis head coach Jeremy Howard. "But we had some good battling from our guys today up and down the lineup. We clearly have some work to do over the next couple weeks before we head to Hilton Head for PTR spring tennis fest."
Endicott (2-1) travels to Babson on Saturday, March 3 to face the Beavers at 3:00 PM. Bentley (5-3) will head south to face Florida Tech on Sunday, March 4 (time to be determined).
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)