The Bison of Nichols College (19-5) defeated the Colby-Sawyer Chargers (14-8) 5-0 today in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament in a match played at Williams College.
With the win the Bison advance to a Second Round match versus host Williams College at 9:30 AM tomorrow. Nichols is now 2-1 all-time in NCAA play, having appeared in the two consecutive tournaments. The Bison extended their win streak to nine, the longest of the season. The 19 wins by Nichols is a program best for most wins in a season.
Colby-Sawyer, making their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, saw their current win streak stopped at three.
Nichols, the Commonwealth Conference Champions, made an early statement by winning the three doubles matches by wide margins. At the top of the ladder at number one doubles the Bison won 8-0 behind the play of Brandon Rhode and Eduardo Irizarry. Nichols then claimed the second and third doubles matches by the identical score of 8-1.
Nichols' number three doubles tandem of Carlos De la Cruz and Josh Halpern notched their win moments before the #2 pairing of David Drucker and Justin DeLuca provided the Bison with a sweep of the doubles and a 3-0 lead.
Eduardo Irizarry claimed the fourth point for the Bison when he defeated Clay Allen 6-0, 6-0. David Drucker then made the final score at 5-0 when he won 6-1, 6-0 over Sergio Spassof.
--Courtesy of Williams
May 6, 2013
NEW LONDON, N.H. - The Colby-Sawyer men's tennis team will play Nichols College of the Commonwealth Coast Conference on Friday in the NCAA Tournament First Round. The match will be played in Williamstown, Mass. at Williams College. The time of the match will be announced later this week.
The Chargers (14-7) will make their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bison (18-5) won a second straight CCC title after a 5-1 win over Roger Williams.
The winner of the Colby-Sawyer/Nichols match will play the host Ephs of Williams on Saturday.
The other Friday first round match is between Skidmore (11-8) and UMass Boston (14-3). The winner will play MIT (15-2) on Saturday.
The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites, May 10-12. Kalamazoo College will host the team championships finals, which will be held May 20-22 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Thursday, May 9.
The championships provide for a 44-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 30 conference champions, which form "Pool A." Seven teams are selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining seven teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference's AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C). The teams are geographically paired, whenever possible.
Emory University is the defending champion.