NORTHFIELD, Vt. –The Suffolk men's tennis team found itself in the GNAC win column in its regular season conference close as the Rams rolled past Norwich, 8-1, Saturday afternoon at the Sabine Tennis Courts.
SCORE: Suffolk 8, Norwich 1
RECORDS: Suffolk (6-6, 1-2 GNAC) | Norwich (4-4, 0-2 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk swept doubles action in order to grab a 3-0 lead. Ariel Ilarslan Russo and Omar Azzaoui teamed up for an 8-5 victory over Dylan Ackerman and Alexi Gilmore on court one before Mike DeFelice and Chris Parnagian downed Sam Beiter and Trip Wilson in the second slot, 9-7. Rami Esrawi and Kevin Greenman defeated Timothy Birnbaum and Noah Stillman in a super tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-4) to secure the doubles court sweep for Suffolk.
As the match slid into singles play, Ilarslan Russo and Parnagian put back-to-back singles victories together to clinch the match for the Rams. Ilarslan Russo kept his perfect singles ledger together as the rookie bested Ackerman, 6-4, 6-2. Parnagian's 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Birnbaum in the fourth position won the match for the blue-and-gold.
Norwich earned its only point of the afternoon in the second slot and it was all Suffolk from there with DeFelice, Esrawi and Greenman all collecting single victories for the 8-1 margin.
- Ilarslan Russo improved to 8-0 on the year exclusively as Suffolk's ace.
1 – Ariel Ilaslan Russo (Suffolk) defeated Dylan Ackerman (Norwich), 6-4, 6-2
2 – Alexi Gilmore (Norwich) defeated Omar Azzaoui (Suffolk), 6-2, 5-7,7-6 (8-6)
3 – Mike DeFelice (Suffolk) defeated Sam Beiter (Norwich), 6-3, 3-6, 10-2
4 – Chris Parnagian (Suffolk) defeated Timothy Birnbuam (Norwich), 6-2, 6-2
5 – Rami Esrawi (Suffolk) defeated Tripp Wilson (Norwich), 6-3 6-2
6 – Kevin Greenman (Suffolk) defeated Abbie Barker (Norwich), 9-7
1 – Ariel Ilarslan Russo/Omar Azzaoui (Suffolk) defeated Dylan Ackerman/Alexi Gilmore (Norwich), 8-5
2 – Mike DeFelice/Chris Parnagian (Suffolk) defeated Sam Beiter/Tripp Wilson (Norwich), 9-7
3 – Rami Esrawi/Kevin Greenman (Suffolk) defeated Timohty Birnbaum/Noah Stillman (Norwich), 9-8 (7-4)
ORDER OF FINISH(D) 1, 2, 3 (S) 1, 4, 2, 3, 5, 6
Suffolk concludes the regular season Thursday, April 26 versus Rhode Island College. First serve is set for 6:00 p.m. at North Reading High School.