Lafayette Men's Tennis Starts the 2007 Fall Season in Rhode Island
Sept. 14, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The men's tennis team started competition on Friday, the first day of the Northeast Intercollegiate Invitational at Brown. The invitational continues through the weekend with the finals scheduled for Sunday.
Senior Brett Kraft opened his singles season against Marist's Christian Coley in the second flight. Kraft fell to Coley in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, and moved to the consolation bracket to face Tim Wu of Harvard.
Matt McGranaghan began his sophomore year on the Leopards' tennis squad in the third flight against Kendrick Au from Brown. Au defeated McGranaghan, 6-2, 6-2, and McGranghan will face Phil Bernsek from Colgate in a consolation match tomorrow.
In the fourth flight, sophomore James Murphy faced Brian Maher of Villanova. Murphy defeated Mahar and is set to play Bucknell's Jon Brenner Saturday. Freshman James Haar lost to Tyler Deck in the fourth flight and will compete against Brendan Wong from Boston College.
Freshman Kyle MacLelland started his tennis career at Lafayette playing Brett Tobin from Villanova in the No. 5 flight. MacLelland has a bye in the first round of consolation tomorrow after falling to Tobin on Friday.
Fellow rookie James Sparacio lost to Patriot League opponent Mark Malloy from Bucknell in the sixth singles flight 6-3, 7-6 (6). Sparacio moves on to consolation bracket tomorrow will play another Patriot League opponent, Sam Jacobson, of Colgate.
Sophomore Matt Rush had a bye in the first round at the No. 8 singles and played Charlie Farmer in the second round. Rush lost, 6-1, 6-0, and will face Jamie Watson from Bucknell tomorrow.
In doubles action, Kraft and Murphy won 8-2 against Shaheen and Alenick from Villanova in the first flight. The duo continued the invitational playing Bucknell's Sandburg and Brenner. Lafayette lost 8-6 and will compete against Cote and Dorfman of URI on Saturday.
Rookies Justin Haar and Sparcio fell to Hofstra's Cha and Hosner in the third doubles flight. The freshman pair continued in the consolation bracket to defeat Bucknell 8-5. Haar and Sparcio will face Colgate for an opportunity to win ninth place.
Play continues tomorrow morning at Brown.