Newburgh, N.Y. – The Western Connecticut State University men's tennis team was narrowly edged at Mount St. Mary College, 5-4, on Monday night.
The Mount swept the three doubles matches against the Colonials and received singles wins from sophomores Jaden Tiriolo (Cheshire, Conn.) and Matt Gallo (Clark, N.J.)
Western Connecticut rallied in the singles competition, winning four of the six matches.
William Hogan (Ridgefield, CT) remained unbeaten at the top flight, outlasting McGorty 4-6, 6-3, 10-2, while Matthew Carino (Sandy Hook, CT) improved to 3-1 on the season at second singles with a 6-0, 4-6, 10-3 victory over Terry.
The Mount opened a 3-0 lead following doubles play on Monday and needed each victory to secure the team win.
The top pair of Chris McGorty (Bellmore, N.Y.) and Tiriolo moved to 4-1 on the season with a convincing 8-2 victory. The second pair of Shane Terry (Southampton, N.Y.) and Gallo picked up their first win together with an 8-5 triumph and the third team of Joe Ryan (Wantagh, N.Y.) and David Gonzalez (Middletown, N.Y.) improved to 3-2 on the year with an 8-3 victory.
Tiriolo remained unbeaten in singles matches for the Knights with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chauncey Allers (Wilton, CT) at the third position that improved him to 5-0 on the season. Gallo picked up the Mount's other singles win with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Jay Kilcourse (New Fairfield, CT) at the fourth slot to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Fifth and sixth singles were also tight, hard fought affairs on Monday. Ryan suffered a 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 4-10 defeat to Matthew Kusaila (Goshen, CT) on Monday, while Gonzalez was topped by Zachary Ruscoe (Danbury, CT) at the sixth position 6-4, 6-4.
I knew this match was going to be close and decided by one or two courts. We can't continue to get in an early 0-3 hole after doubles, it's too big a deficit to overcome. On the positive side, the lower half of our lineup played great tonight and continue to show growth.
"I knew this match was going to be close and decided by one or two courts," acknowledged WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman. "We can't continue to get in an early 0-3 hole after doubles, it's too big a deficit to overcome. On the positive side, the lower half of our lineup played great tonight and continue to show growth."
Monday's win improves Mount Saint Mary to 4-1 overall on the season, while the loss drops Western Connecticut to 0-4.
The Colonials visit Farmingdale on Thursday, April 4 for a 4:30 pm match.
Mount Saint Mary returns to action on Tuesday when it welcomes Skyline Conference foe Purchase to Newburgh. First serve with the Panthers is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.