New Haven, CT—Led by a sweep in doubles' play, the Albertus Magnus men's tennis team cruised to an 8-1 victory over Sage on Thursday afternoon in non-conference action. With the win, the Falcons improve to 2-4 on the year. Sage falls to 0-5 on the season.
Marcus Artaiz (Hamden, Conn.) and Pete Zacharias (North Haven, Conn.) led the way with an 8-0 win in No. 1 doubles over senior Cory Alvarado (Shokan, NY/Onteora) and junior Mike Hilton (Waterford, NY/Waterford Halfmoon) before Artaiz dominated his No. 2 singles' match with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Sage's Cory Alvarado. Zacharias also won his singles' match with a 6-0, 7-6 win in the No. 1 spot against the Gators' Hilton.
The No. 2 doubles' team of Cerrone Bell (New Haven, Conn.) and Matt Mezzei (Wallingford, Conn.) picked up an 8-3 win over sophomore Sean Alvarado (Shokan, NY/Onteora) and senior Joe Kenealy (Lowville, NY/Lowville Academy Central). To round out the doubles' victories, Elvis Santana (Bronx, N.Y.) and Ahmed Abdulateef (Hamden, Conn.) edged Sages' sophomore Rick Butt (Ballston Spa, NY/Bellport) and junior Gerard Beaudin (Delmar, NY/Home Schooled), 8-5.
Beaudin added a win at No. 5 singles, beating Santana for his second singles victory of the season and is tied for the program's single-season singles mark which is shared by several players with two wins.
Bell, Mezzei and Abdulateef each won their singles match as Mezzei defeated Kenealy in No. 4 singles' 6-1, 6-2, while Bell blanked Sean Alvarado in a pair of 6-0 sets. Abdulateef won his singles' match with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
The Gators return to action on April 6 travelling to the USTA Center for a Skyline Conference contest with NYU-Poly at 3 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
The Sage Colleges vs Albertus Magnus
Apr 04, 2013 at New Haven, Conn.
Albertus Magnus 8, The Sage Colleges 1
1. Pete Zacharias (AMCM) def. Mike Hilton (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 7-6
2. Marcus Artaiz (AMCM) def. Cory Alvarado (SAGEMEN) 6-2, 6-0
3. Cerrone Bell (AMCM) def. Sean Alvarado (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 6-0
4. Mathew Mezzei (AMCM) def. Joe Kenealy (SAGEMEN) 6-1, 6-2
5. Gerard Beaudin (SAGEMEN) def. Elvis Santana (AMCM) 7-6, 6-4
6. Ahmed Abdulabteef (AMCM) def. Mark Castillo (SAGEMEN) 6-4, 6-3
1. Pete Zacharias/Marcus Artaiz (AMCM) def. Mike Hilton/Cory Alvarado (SAGEMEN) 8-0
2. Cerrone Bell/Mathew Mezzei (AMCM) def. Sean Alvarado/Joe Kenealy (SAGEMEN) 8-3
3. Elvis Santana/Ahmed Abdulabteef (AMCM) def. Gerard Beaudin/Rick Butt (SAGEMEN) 8-5
Albertus Magnus 2-4
T-2:30 A-25 A-15