Men's Tennis With Trio of Home Matches This Week
April 04, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s tennis team will play three matches this week, all on the WAC Tennis Courts. On Wednesday, the Stags will host Monmouth for a MAAC matchup at 2:00 p.m., on Friday Sacred Heart will visit campus for a 3:00 p.m. clash, and on Sunday Niagara will travel down for a noon time match.
The Stags haven’t played since March 25 when they swept Saint Peter’s 7-0 for their second league win. The team swept singles action with six straight-set wins. Brad Orban played at No. 1 winning, 6-0, 6-3. Anthony Caputo and Tyler Shibles both posted scores of 6-0, 6-0. Jeffrey Rodgers earned a 6-3. 6-1 win at No. 3, while Ethan Ammon and Dylan Appel recorded 6-1, 6-0, and 6-2, 6-4 wins at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively. In doubles action, the story was much the same as Fairfield dominated the contest. Orban/Caputo captured a 6-4 win. Rodgers/Shibles won 6-3, and Ammon/Appel grabbed a 6-1 victory.
Monmouth is also 2-0 in the MAAC, with wins over Saint Peter’s and Niagara, both 7-0 sweeps. The Hawks topped the Purple Eagles on April 2 by winning all nine singles and doubles matches. In the top three singles spots, Nicola Pipoli won easily 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1. Przemyslaw Filipek earned a 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 and Ale Gomez Estrada captured a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3.
Sacred Heart enters Friday’s match at 2-11 overall and have not secured a match win since February 26 against Saint Peter’s. The two sides last met in April of 2015 when Fairfield picked up a 4-3 win. The only current Stags who played in that match were Brad Orban, Peter Colliard, and Dylan Appel. Orban earned a singles win at No. 1, while Orban and Colliard picked up a doubles win at No. 2, and Appel paired with Luke Lemieux for a No. 3 doubles win.
Niagara will host Marist on Friday before travelling to Fairfield on Sunday. The Purple Eagles have two MAAC losses this season, to Quinnipiac and most recently Monmouth. Last season, the Stags topped Niagara 5-2 on March 19. Orban, Rodgers, Appel, and Caputo all picked up singles wins for the Stags. And in doubles play, Fairfield won all three matches.
After this trio of matches, the Stags will host Marist on Tuesday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m.