RINDGE, N.H. – The Franklin Pierce University men's tennis team closed out the fall portion of its schedule in style on Saturday afternoon, by posting a 9-0 win over Emerson at home in non-conference play.
With the win, Franklin Pierce improves to 3-1, while Emerson falls to 1-3.
The Ravens did not drop a set on the day while dispatching Emerson. Franklin Pierce opened the day with wins in all three doubles matches to open up a 3-0 lead. At first doubles, juniors James Bisazza (West Barnstable, Mass.) and Andrew Schadt (Tolland, Conn.) cruised to an 8-1 win over Emerson junior Daniel Okin and senior Antonio Ramirez. It was an identical, 8-1 score at second doubles, where freshman Roberto Chong (Puigpunyent, Spain) and sophomore Yuval Barak (Zicron Ya'akov, Israel) defeated sophomore Brock Higley and freshman Thomas McCorkle. Meanwhile, at third doubles, it was an 8-3 win for junior Marcus Lawrence (Acton, Mass.) and sophomore Matthew Toombs (Pleasanton, Calif.) over senior Aren Kabarajian and sophomore Bernando Garza.
It was more of the same in singles play, as Franklin Pierce rolled to six more victories to complete the 9-0 shutout. It was straight-set wins at first, second and fifth singles, for Bisazza, Chong and Lawrence, respectively. Bisazza downed Okin, 7-5, 6-1; Chong took care of Ramirez, 6-2, 6-2; and Lawrence breezed past Kabarajian, 6-0, 6-1.
The remaining three contests were conducted in the pro-set format. Barak swept away Higley, 8-0, at third singles; Schadt downed McCorkie, 8-2, at fourth singles; and Toombs defeated Garza, 8-3, at sixth singles.
The Lions fall season has ended and they will carry on with the 2017-18 season in March.