Holy Cross Men's Tennis Defeats Hartford, 5-2

Oct. 8, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's tennis team defeated Hartford, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon, at the Holy Cross Tennis Courts. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-2, while the Hawks fall to 0-3-1.

The Crusaders earned the doubles point by winning two of the three matches. Holy Cross won both matches in tie breakers. The doubles team of senior Jay DeSanto (Dalton, Pa.) and sophomore Matt Wierzel (Garden City, N.Y.) defeated Ricky Dove and Aneil Bhalla, 9-8 (8-6), in the No. 1 doubles match, while juniors John Burke (Burlington, Mass.) and Dan Phelan (Chicopee, Mass.) won the No. 2 doubles match over Matt Seltzer and Will White, 9-8 (7-5).

Wierzel and DeSanto were also victorious in singles matches, as Wierzel defeated Dove, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8, in the No. 1 singles match, while DeSanto won the No. 4 singles match over White, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Chris Das (Melrose, Mass.) defeated Miletic, 6-3, 6-4, to win the No. 5 singles match and improve to 3-0 in dual match competition and 3-1 overall. Senior Tom Steinert (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) won the No. 6 singles match over Kooden, 7-5, 6-3.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, when they compete at the Stonehill Invitational in Easton, Mass., at 9:00 a.m.

Singles
1. Matt Wierzel (HC) def. Ricky Dove (UH) -- 4-6, 6-3, 10-8
2. Aneil Bhalla (UH) def. John Burke (HC) -- 6-2, 6-3
3. Matt Seltzer (UH) def. Dan Phelan (HC) -- 6-4, 6-2
4. Jay DeSanto (HC) def. Will White (UH) -- 6-2, 6-3
5. Chris Das (HC) def. Fil Miletic (UH) -- 6-3, 6-4
6. Tom Steinert (HC) def. Aaron Kooden (UH) -- 7-5, 6-3

Doubles
1. DeSanto / Wierzel (HC) def. Dove / Bhalla (UH) -- 9-8 (8-6)
2. Burke / Phelan (HC) def. Seltzer / White (UH) -- 9-8 (7-5)
3. Miletic / Kooden (UH) def. Kevin Leggio / Brendan McElhenny (HC) -- 8-2