NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men’s tennis team got back on the winning track Tuesday afternoon as the Cadets defeated visiting Johnson State College, 8-1, at Shapiro Field House. Norwich swept the three doubles matches, and took five of the six singles points to secure the victory.
Norwich (2-1) had little trouble in winning all three doubles points. Collin Hyte and Fritz Kaelber teamed up to earn an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles, Graham Oliviera and Logan O’Neill picked up an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles and Travis Tyler and Chris Pashley secured an 8-0 verdict at third doubles.
“We played great doubles tennis today,” said Norwich head coach Kyle Dezotell. “We've been working hard on specific parts of the game particularly important to doubles play, and it was nice to see the hard work pay off for the team.”
The Cadets continued to cruise in singles play as Hyte won his third straight singles match with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at the top spot. Kaelber moved to 3-0 in singles play as well with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at No. 2 singles. O’Neill (6-3, 6-2), Travis (6-0, 6-0) and Dennis Ortiz (6-3, 6-1) coasted to straight-set victories at Nos. 3, 4 and 6, respectively.
Johnson State (1-2) earned its only point of the match at No. 5 singles as Kyle Young beat Michael Settle, 6-2, 6-4.
“It was great to be able to get some of the younger guys like Michael Settle and Dennis Ortiz collegiate experience,” added Dezotell.
Norwich will return to action on Thursday, April 1, when the Cadets travel to Castleton, Vt., for a non-league match against Castleton State College. First serve is slated for 4 p.m.
Norwich 8, Johnson State 1
1. Collin Hyte (NU) def. Ryan Joy, 6-0, 6-3
2. Fritz Kaelber (NU) def. Steve Bolger, 6-2, 6-0
3. Logan O’Neill (NU) def. Alen Turan, 6-3, 6-2
4. Tyler Travis (NU) def., Ben Algar, 6-0, 6-0
5. Kyle Young (JSC) def. Michael Settle, 6-2, 6-4
6. Dennis Ortiz (NU) def. James Dempsey, 6-3, 6-1
1. Hyte/Kaelber (NU) def. Bolger/Algar, 8-0
2. Graham Oliveira/O’Neill (NU) def. Turan/Young, 8-1
3. Tyler/Chris Pashley (NU) def. Dempsey/Peter Leblanc, 8-0