May 8, 2009

Courtesy Roger Williams Athletics

AMHERST, Mass. – With a 5-3 victory over Wilkes University, the Roger Williams University Men's Tennis team earned its first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks will move on to the NCAA Second Round to face site host Amherst College Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Despite trailing 2-1 after doubles play, Roger Williams rallied in singles play to advance with a 5-3 victory. After doubles play, Wilkes held a 2-1 advantage riding wins at number one and three. The Wilkes pairing of Chris Cozzillio (Harrisburg, Pa.) with Kyle Ungvarsky (Horseheads, N.Y.) pulled out an 8-5 win over Roger Williams’ Jeff DeNunzio (Barrington, R.I.) and Dan Kleitz (Wethersfield, Conn.) at number one doubles, while Wes McCollum (Harrisburg, Pa.) paired with Jeremy Nolt (Bloomburg, Pa.) to win 8-4 at number three.

Roger Williams stayed in the match with an 8-3 win at number two by the team of Kyle Baker (Bolton, Conn.) and Brad Bolte (Augusta, N.J.) over Wilkes’ Evan Katz (Ellicott City, Md.) and Jon Rohrbach (Muncy, Pa.).

Bolte lifted the Hawks to a 2-2 tie with the first singles win at number one, topping Nolt 7-5, and 6-3. The victory shifted momentum in the match, as Roger Williams took three of the next four matches to close out a 5-3 victory. The Hawks picked up the crucial singles wins from DeNunzio, Kleitz and David Lange (Great Neck, N.Y.).

Rohrbach was the lone Wilkes player to win a singles match, holding off Baker in three sets, while Katz was leading 4-0 in the third set when play was stopped for the Roger Williams win.

In the other NCAA Regional First Round at Amherst, The College of New Jersey defeated St. Joseph’s College 5-0 and will take on Johns Hopkins University tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

With the result, Wilkes ends its season with a 16-2 record, while Roger Williams improves to 18-6.


Roger Williams 5 : Wilkes 3 ~ Amherst, MA ~ NCAA First Round ~ May 8, 2009


1) Cozzillio/Ungvarsky (W) def. DeNunzio/Kleitz (R) 8-5

2) Baker/Bolte (R) def. Katz/Rohrbach (W) 8-3

3) McCollum/Nolt (W) def. Agonia/Kim (R) 8-4


1) Brad Bolte (R) def. Jeremy Nolt (W) 7-5, 6-3

2) Evan Katz (W) leading Ryan Kim (R) 6-4, 1-6, 4-0

3) Jeff DeNunzio (R) def. Wes McCollum (W) 6-3, 7-5

4) David Lange (R) def. Kyle Ungvarsky (W) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

5) Dan Kleitz (R) def. Chris Cozzillio (W) 6-3, 6-2

6) Jon Rohrbach (W) def. Kyle Baker (R) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3