Roger Williams surprises Nichols
Hawks win second title in three years in dominating fashion
DUDLEY, Mass. – The second-seeded Roger Williams swept the doubles side en route to a 5-1 upset victory against top-seeded Nichols College in The Commonwealth Coast Conference championship match at the Francis W. Robinson Courts on Saturday.
The Hawks won their second title in three years after their fourth consecutive appearance in the championship match and earned the TCCC's automatic bid into the NCAA Championships with a 17-6 record. Nichols fell to 16-5.
Jeff DeNunzio and Dan Kleitz were 8-4 winners at No. 1 doubles before Jason Pacino and Nicholas Hawvermale posted an 8-3 win at the No. 3 doubles flight. Nichols' second doubles pair of Isiah Prosper and Daniel Young pulled close in their match, but fell to Kevin Erikson and Spencer Withington 9-7.
Kleitz brought the Hawks within one point of the team win with his 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 3 slot in singles play, before Drucker put the Bison on the board by defeating DeNunzio 6-2, 6-4, at the top flight.
Wuhrmann rallied in his second set at No. 6 singles to force a third against Taylor Webster, and Prosper headed to a third set at the No. 5 flight against Withington after taking the first.
Before either could finish, Erikson clinched the match at No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Steve Carella.