BRISTOL, R.I. – The Endicott men's tennis team defeated Roger Williams University (RWU) for the first time since 2002 by a 6-3 score on Wednesday evening at the RWU tennis courts.
Endicott's victory over the Hawks also created a three-way tie in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) standings as the Gulls, Roger Williams, and Gordon all wrapped up regular season play today with identical 4-3 league records.
To determine the No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 seeds for this weekend's quarterfinal round of the CCC Tournament, the No. 3 seed was decided by a coin flip, while the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds were determined by head-to-head records of the two remaining teams. Endicott finished as the No. 5 seed headed into postseason action this weekend per the league's tie-breaking procedures.
Meanwhile, as for the match, Endicott claimed a 2-1 advantage in doubles with wins at the No. 1 (8-6) and No. 2 (8-4) slots behind the pairings of Cooper Walters (Madeira Beach, Fla.) / Justin Toler (Concord, N.H.) and Keaton McCleary (Charlotte, N.C.) / Daniel Rinkert (Ben Lomond, Calif.).
The Gulls then saw Charles Book (Devon, Pa.) earn a victory by forfeit at No. 2 singles (1-6, 3-0), Toler make it 4-3 at No. 6 with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 triumph, and Rinkert clinch the match at No. 1 (7-5, 6-4).
"I'm really happy for our guys," said Endicott men's tennis head coach Anthony D'Angelo. "They competed with class and gave their best effort. That's all I can ask for as their coach."
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- McCleary posted a gutsy 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4 win at No. 4.
- That makes McCleary 3-3 at No. 4 singles this season.
- Endicott ended Roger Williams' 19-match winning streak in the all-time series today.
Fifth-seeded Endicott (8-11, 4-3 CCC) will travel to fourth-seeded Gordon on Saturday, April 27 at a time to be determined later for its CCC Tournament quarterfinal round matchup. Third-seeded Roger Williams (6-5, 4-3) will host sixth-seeded Curry this Saturday, also a time to be determined later.
(Photo credit - David Le '10)