BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The visiting Johnson & Wales University men's tennis team earned a 5-4 victory over Bridgewater State University in a non-conference match on Thursday afternoon at the Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.
The Wildcats improve to 9-4 on the season, while the host Bears fall to 2-5.
Johnson & Wales captured two of the three doubles matches, while the two teams split the six singles flights.
Juniors Alexander Rohana (Providence, R.I.) and Franz Fonck (Santo Domingo, D.R.) posted an 8-5 decision at first doubles for the Wildcats who also received an 8-2 win from freshman Will Lyons (Marlton, N.J.) and sophomore Gianni Rodrigues (Milton, Mass.) at the second flight.
DeBlois wrapped up his number five singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, and BSU senior Alexander Belinsky (Norton, Mass.) followed with a 6-2, 6-3 straight set win at six to give Bridgewater State a 3-2 lead. DeBlois remains unbeaten in singles play on the season for the Bears as he improved his win-loss record to 7-0.
Freshman Steven Heizler (Lawrenceville, Ga.) posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory at fourth singles and Rodrigues put the Wildcats back on top, 4-3, with a 6-3, 6-0 win at number three.
BSU sophomore William Jones (Wrexham, U.K.) evened the score at 4-4 with a 6-2, 6-3 decision at the second flight.
Lyons picked up the deciding fifth point for Johnson & Wales with a tough 6-4, 6-4 straight set triumph in the battle of the top-flight singles players.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday afternoon. The Bears travel to UMass Dartmouth for a noontime Little East Conference (LEC) match with the Corsairs, while the Wildcats entertain Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival Eastern Nazarene College at 3:30.