Stonehill Drops Heartbreaker to Bentley, 5-4

Junior Nick Hyzak posted a win at No. 2 singles for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Bert Lane)

Skyhawks drop three doubles matches in tiebreakers after holding leads

EASTON, Mass. (March 20, 2013) – Bentley University, ranked ninth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regional rankings, came from behind to sweep three doubles matches on its way to a 5-4 decision over Stonehill College, ranked tenth in the region, in Northeast-10 Conference men's tennis action at Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex this afternoon.

Senior Rodrigo Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and freshman Kamil Pilch (Wroclaw, Poland) were double-winners to lead Bentley to the victory. The duo rallied for a 9-8 (7-4) victory at No. 1 doubles and then Ribeiro, ranked 16th in the East Region by the ITA, posted a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Stonehill sophomore Eric Ringstad (Fairbanks, Alaska/Monroe Catholic) at No. 1 singles. Pilch clinched the team win with his 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) triumph over freshman Philip Klados (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) at No. 3 singles.

Stonehill won four of the six singles matches, led by a back and forth 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win by junior Nick Hyzak (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) at No. 2 singles over junior Jimmy Rindo (Lowell, Mass./Lowell). Sophomore Thomas Alaimo (North Andover, Mass./Central Catholic) rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over junior Andrew Waddington (Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) at No. 4 singles, while senior Chris Martin (Darien, Conn./Darien) claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 over sophomore Raghav Tanna (Burlington, Mass./Burlington). Junior Brett Armstrong (Manville, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) added a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles over freshman Evan Chomka (Warwick, R.I./Bishop Hendricken).

Bentley rallied to win all three doubles matches in tiebreakers. Rindo and Tanna teamed up to edge Hyzak and Alaimo at No. 2 doubles 9-8, (10-8), while Waddington and sophomore Alex DeMuth (Shaker Heights, Ohio/University School) slipped past Klados and Armstrong 9-8, 11-9) at No, 3 doubles.

Stonehill (10-4, 3-1 NE-10) is back in action on Friday for another key NE-10 clash as it hosts Adelphi University, ranked eighth in the region, at 2 p.m. Bentley (4-8, 4-1 NE-10) is off until next Tuesday, March 26, when it visits American International College at 4:30 p.m.

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Bentley 5, Stonehill 4 


1. Rodrigo Ribeiro (BEN) def. Eric Ringstad (STO) 6-0, 6-3

2. Nick Hyzak (STO) def. Jimmy Rindo (BEN) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

3. Kamil Pilch (BEN) def. Philip Klados (STO) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)

4. Thomas Alaimo (STO) def. Andrew Waddington (BEN) 6-1, 6-1

5. Chris Martin (STO) def. Raghav Tanna (BEN) 6-2, 6-2

6. Brett Armstrong (STO) def. Evan Chomka (BEN) 6-3, 6-3


1. Rodrigo Ribeiro/Kamil Pilch (BEN) def. Eric Ringstad/Chris Martin (STO) 9-8 (7-4)

2. Jimmy Rindo/Raghav Tanna (BEN) def. Nick Hyzak/Thomas Alaimo (STO) 9-8 (10-8)

3. Andrew Waddington/Alex DeMuth (BEN) def. Philip Klados/Brett Armstrong (STO) 9-8 (11-9)

 * - doubles matches played first