March 31, 2012

Finally! Cougars Get NEWMAC Win At Springfield, 5-1

Springfield, Mass. – The Clark University men's tennis team continued its impressive streak, knocking off host Springfield College, 5-1 in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars (8-1, 1-0 NEWMAC) have now won eight straight matches and the victory over the Pride (4-7, 0-1 NEWMAC) gives them their first league win in nearly six seasons. The conference losing streak which dates back to April 21, 2006, saw Clark drop 25 consecutive regular season league matches with their last victory coming in the form of a 4-3 win over Coast Guard.

Today, however, the Cougars claimed two of the three doubles matches, including a thrilling 9-7 win at No. 1 behind Diego Angel (Lima, Peru) and Zack Goodstein (Columbus, Ohio).

Because the match was played indoors due to weather conditions, only three of the singles matches were played, and Clark won all three. Angel knocked off Kyle Mersereau in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) at No. 1, then Dan Stein (Newton, Mass.) posted a 6-3, 7-5 win over Ben Burnap at No. 2.

Goodstein sealed the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 over the Pride's Zach O'Leary.

The Cougars, who finished the month of March undefeated at 8-0, will travel to Gordon for a non-league meeting with the Scots on Monday.

Clark University 5, Springfield College 1

Doubles
1) Diego Angel/Zack Goodstein (C) def. Doug Nickerson/Jesse Boyd (SC), 9-7
2) Kyle Mersereau/Ben Burnap (SC) def. Daniel Stein/Josh Burger (C), 9-7
3) Dan Hall/Philip Porter (C) def. Zach O'Leary/Joe Giannelli (SC), 8-3

Singles
1) Diego Angel (C) def. Kyle Mersereau (SC), 6-1, 6-4
2) Daniel Stein (C) def. Ben Burnap (SC), 6-3, 7-5
3) Zack Goodstein (C) def. Zach O'Leary, 6-4, 6-4