NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's tennis team continued its early season success at this week's Connecticut College/Coast Guard tournament.
Senior Jonathan Kraiger (pictured, Springfield, Vt.) led the team by winning all of his matches at number one singles and number one doubles with his partner, sophomore Ben Sachs (Mount Kisco, N.Y.). Kraiger and Sachs downed Springfield College's number one doubles team, 8-3, and then defeated Coast Guard's number two doubles team, 9-7. Kraiger survived a close match with Wheaton's number one with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 victory. To finish off the day, Kraiger defeated Coast Guard's number two 6-4, 6-4. At number three singles, Sachs got off to a slow start, losing the first set 6-1 to Springfield's number two, but he turned it around, finishing with a 1-6, 6-0, 10-4 victory. With his dog in attendance, Sachs was able to cap off the day with an easy 6-0 6-4 victory against Wheaton's number three.
Sophomore Ethan Hecker (Wayland, Mass.) and freshman Will Cannon lost their first match at number two doubles against Coast Guard's number one by a score of 8-3. They rebounded to win their next doubles match 8-6 against Wheaton's number one doubles team. At number four singles, Hecker lost a close match to Oneonta's number three: 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. Hecker cruised to a straight set victory in his next match against Springfield number four with a score of 6-4, 6-2. In his singles debut, at number five, Cannon posted an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory over Roger Williams number five. In his second match, Cannon lost to Coast Guard's number six by a score of 6-2, 6-3.
The dynamic duo of sophomore Patrick Farrell (Smithtown, N.Y.) and freshman Charlie Williams won their first match at number three doubles, 8-3, against Roger Williams number two, but then lost their second match against Wheaton's number two team by a score of 8-5. At number six singles, Farrell posted an easy 6-2, 6-1 win against Springfield's number five, but then lost his next match 6-3, 6-2 against Coast Guard's number five. At number two singles, Williams defeated Oneonta's number one with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. In his second match, Williams pulled out a win against Coast Guard's number one with a 4-6, 6-1, 10-3 victory.
In their debut at #4 doubles, freshmen Johnny Cissel and James Wright rocked the backwards caps lost in a close 9-8 match against Oneonta's number three doubles team. They bounced back in a big way with a decisive 8-0 victory over Wheaton's number four doubles team. At number seven singles, Wright won his first match 6-3, 6-4 against Springfield's number six. Wright was unable to keep the winning streak going, losing in a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 match against Wheaton's number six. Cissel dominated at number nine singles, posting an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory over Roger Williams' #10 and then continuing his winning ways with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 victory over Coast Guard's #10.
To wrap things up, freshman Grant Holloschutz won a very close 6-3, 6-4, 13-11 match at number eight singles against Oneonta's number eight. In his last match, Holloschutz adapted to the darkness but lost in a late night thriller against Roger Williams' number eight by a match score of 6-1, 6-4.
Thanks, Charlie Williams '19