SALEM, Mass. – The Suffolk men's tennis team was tripped up by Salem State, 7-2, at the Vikings Central Campus Tennis Courts Thursday afternoon in non-conference action.
SCORE: Suffolk 2, Salem State 7
RECORDS: Suffolk (3-5) | Salem State (7-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk found itself in a 3-0 hole after the Vikings locked up all doubles points.
The Rams picked up singles wins in the top and bottom slot, but it would not be enough as Salem State took the remaining four courts to lock up the 7-2 win. Ariel Russo Ilarslan was one of the pair of victories as the freshman defeated Salem's Andrew Muttiah, 6-3, 6-1, on court one. Rami Esrawi also marked a tally in the win column thanks to a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Noah Hodgkins on court one.
- Russo Ilarslan remains unbeaten in singles play, improving to 5-0 as the Rams' ace.
1 – Ariel Ilarslan Russo (Suffolk) defeated Andrew Muttiah (Salem State), 6-3, 6-1
2 – Chen Chen (Salem State) defeated Mike DeFelice (Suffolk), 6-1, 6-0
3 – John Didonato (Salem State) defeated Cameron Roach (Suffolk), 6-1, 6-2
4 – Mitchel Dyer (Salem State) defeated Kevin Greenman (Suffolk), 6-3, 6-0
5 – Roni Brazil (Salem State) defeated Charles Tang (Suffolk), 6-0, 6-2
6 – Rami Esrawi (Suffolk) defeated Noah Hodgkins (Salem State), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
1 – Andrew Muttiah/John Didonato (Salem State) defeated Ariel Ilarslan Russo/Mike DeFelice (Suffolk), 8-5
2 – Chen Chen/Roni Brazile (Salem State) defeated Kevin Greenman/Rami Esrawi (Suffolk), 8-0
3 – Mitchell Dyer/Noah Hodgkins (Salem State) defeated Cameron Roach/Charles Tang (Suffolk), 8-0
Suffolk looks to snap the skid as it heads back into GNAC competition Saturday, April 14 as it entertains Regis at North Reading High School at 5 p.m.