Irizarry

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nichols College defeated Colby-Sawyer 5-0 in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship on Thursday in a match played at Williams College.

With the win the Bison (19-5) advance to a second-round match versus host Williams College at 9:30 a.m. ET Friday. Nichols is now 2-1 all time in NCAA play, having appeared in back-to-back tournaments. The Bison extended their win streak to nine, the longest of the season. The 19 wins by Nichols is a program best.

Colby-Sawyer (14-8), making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament, saw its win streak stopped at three.

Nichols, the Commonwealth Coast Conference champion, made an early statement by wining the three doubles matches by wide margins. At the top of the ladder at No. 1 doubles the Bison won 8-0 behind the play of Brandon Roode and Eduardo Irizarry. Nichols then claimed the second and third doubles matches by the identical score of 8-1.

Nichols’ No. 3 doubles tandem of Carlos De la Cruz and Josh Halpern notched their win moments before the No. 2 pairing of David Drucker and Justin DeLuca provided the Bison with a sweep of the doubles and a 3-0 lead.
Irizarry claimed the fourth point for the Bison when he defeated Clay Allen 6-0, 6-0. Drucker then made the final score 5-0 when he won 6-1, 6-0 against Sergio Spassof.

“It was another great win for us,” Nichols head coach Paul Brower said. “The guys played very, very well [Thursday]. It was a great start in doubles. We came out hot and really took it to them. In singles we closed fast. The level of play was high. Hopefully we can carry it into [Friday] against one of the toughest teams in the nation. We're looking forward to the challenge and I think our guys are going to have a strong showing against some of the best out there.”

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