|SATURDAY, MARCH 30 // 1:00 PM
BUCKINGHAM, BROWNE & NICHOLS
EAST BOSTON, MASS.
Series Record // Suffolk Leads, 9-6
BOSTON – Suffolk men's tennis heads back to the friendly confines of Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Saturday, March 30 for a GNAC showdown with Johnson & Wales. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's tennis team dropped a non-conference contest against UMass Boston, 8-1, at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Thursday night.
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Suffolk is in the search for its first home and league win of the year as the 1-4 Rams picked up their only victory on the road at Albertus Magnus (6-3) March 26.
Chris Parnagian's racquet provides a spark to Suffolk's lineup with the senior holding a team-best two wins through five singles matches all in the second spot. Mike DeFelice (0-5), meanwhile, has held down the blue-and-gold's ace position.
In doubles play, Parnagian has paired with Rami Esrawi for the winningest doubles tandem. The seniors are 2-0 on the year with both wins coming on court two.
Johnson & Wales heads into Saturday's showdown on a two-match win streak that put the Wildcats 5-3 overall and an unblemished 1-0 league ledger after defeating Norwich, 5-4, in its conference opener March 23.
Will Lyons and Alexander Rohana have split time as JWU's ace this season. The former is 2-3, while the latter sits 0-2. In Franz Fonck has proven to be the most productive singles student-athlete for the Wildcats with an undefeated 7-0 mark in the middle of the ladder.
Fonck's and Rohana's partnership has held down the top tandem for JWU. The pair holds a 3-4 record. Steven Heizler and Lyons have joined forces for majority of matches in the second doubles spot for a 3-2 mark.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk commanded the early portion of the series beginning in 2009 with six straight wins.
- The Wildcats have won the last four meetings to cut the Rams all-time series lead to 9-6 since 2009.
- Overall, the match between Suffolk and JWU has been decided in shutout fashion on seven occasions with the blue-and-gold owning four such decisions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
- The Rams look for their first win over the Wildcats since a 6-3 victory in 2015.
Suffolk will take its talents on the road for the next four matches. The Rams will first stop by Bridgewater State Thursday, April 4 for a 3:30 p.m. tilt.