PRIDE HOST 5TH ANNUAL MEN'S TENNIS INVITATIONAL
WESTON, Mass. - On Saturday, Oct. 12th Regis College held the fifth annual Men's Tennis Invitational. The event featured eight teams from four states, brining a total of 55 players to compete in singles and doubles action. Regis College, Colby-Sawyer, Castleton State, Newbury College, Rhode Island College, Salem Sate, Johnson & Wales, and WIT all took part in this year's invitational.
The round robin tournament got started at 10 a.m. with three flights of doubles action and continued in the afternoon with four flights of singles.
Regis had teams compete in all three doubles flights, with each one getting at least two wins. The number one team of junior co-captain Mike Beluch (Lynn, Mass.) and freshman Jarid Polley (Reading, Mass.) came away with victories over Johnson & Wales and WIT, but fell to Colby-Sawyer.
The number two team with two freshmen, Nathan Cohen (Randolph, Mass.) and Jeremy Morgenbesser (Bayport, N.Y.), prevailed over Salem State and WIT to take them to a 2-2 record, with one loss coming in a tie-break to Johnson & Wales.
Regis' third team comprised of senior co-captain Andy White (Bozeman, Mont.) and sophomore Austin Nace (Sarasota, Fla.), who were triumphant over Rhode Island College and Salem State, but lost a close match to Johnson & Wales in a tie-breaker.
The afternoon saw many hotly contested singles matches in all four flights. Due to rain, the full match schedule was unable to be completed, but every player finished at least three matches.
Regis' Nace, Cohen and fellow freshman Nick Hildreth (Harvard, Mass.) were the top performers in their respective flights. Cohen competed in the B flight and had solid victories over Colby-Sawyer, Johnson & Wales, and Salem State. Hildreth was a perfect 3-0 in the D1 flight, with wins over WIT, Newbury, and Rhode Island College. Nace dominated the D2 flight, as he recorded wins against Salem State, Newbury College, and Rhode Island College.
The Pride will begin their winter/spring season with indoor practices in February as they prepare for a spring break trip in March to Tampa Bay. The team has four matches scheduled in Tampa: John Carroll University, Northwestern University (Minn.), Saint John's University (Minn.) and Susquehanna University.