ORLANDO, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team opened its six-match Spring Break trip to Florida with a 5-4 victory over Millersville (Pa.) University under the lights on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus on Sunday evening. The Purple Knights are now 1-1, while the Marauders fell to 0-6.
Saint Michael's took a pair of doubles matches by 8-1 scores and nearly carried a 3-0 start into singles. Seniors Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) and Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) paired for a triumph in the second position, while classmate Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) sided with first-year Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) at No. 3.
With a 2-1 lead into singles, the Purple Knights saw Millersville knot the match by winning at No. 3 before the bottom half of the Saint Michael's lineup rattled off three quick victories to clinch the team victory. Steward yielded only one game in the fourth position to put his team up for good, sophomore rookie Jake Remillard (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) picked up his first collegiate victory by blanking his foe at No. 6, and Foley earned the fifth and deciding point with a 6-1, 6-1 win from the fifth position.
Dietz fell only 6-4 in his opening set of a straight-set loss at No. 2, and Lambert won his opening set before losing in a super tiebreaker in the top position, 1-6, 6-3, 10-5, to conclude the evening.
The Purple Knights take on Dallas Baptist University tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the USTA National Campus.