Western Connecticut Whitewashed Salem St., 5-0
DANBURY, Conn. — The Western Connecticut
State University men's tennis team advanced to the 2012 Little East
Conference Tournament Semifinals following its 5-0 victory over
Salem State University at Westside Courts on Wednesday
The Colonials, 7-4 and seeded third for the tournament, raced out to a 3-0 advantage after sweeping the doubles' competitions.
Senior Troy Pandolfi (Danbury, Conn.) and Austin Werner (Fairfield, Conn.) gave Western a 1-0 lead after disposing of Rob Random (Newbury, Mass.) and Joshua Giller (Peabody, Mass.), 8-1 in the top pairs match.
Brian Bucknam (Woodbury, Conn.) and Ryan Klem (Newport, R.I.) edged Matt Lee (Pembroke, Mass.) and Eglis Bizhoti (Dorchester, Mass.), 8-6 minutes before senior Kyle Wilson (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Enea Dervishi (Waterbury, Conn.) defeated Kenny Hodgkins (Winthrop, Mass.) and J Jong Kim (Seoul, South Korea), 8-5.
In singles action, Pandolfi jumped out early and kept the
pressure on Random before taking the number one solos' match, 6-1
and 6-2. Almost simultaneously, Dervishi put Hodgkins away, 6-3 and
6-3 at sixth singles.
Salem State, the tournament's sixth seed, ends the season with a 6-10 overall record.
Western has to ready itself immediately, due to the rain out on Tuesday, for second seeded Bridgewater State University. The Little East semifinals begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday (May 3).
(Information obtained from Western Connecticut sports information)