MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's tennis team started its spring season with an 8-1 victory over Endicott on Friday afternoon in an indoor match at the Carr Center.
After a narrow 5-4 loss to Endicott (3-2) last season at the Carr Center, Saint Anselm (3-5) got off to a strong start with a doubles sweep and went on to pick up five singles points to head to Florida on a high note. Adam Weinstein and Daniel Kmetz each picked up singles victories and paired up for a doubles win, as did Brian Kavanagh and Brian Madden, as the Hawks recorded the first win of head coach Alejandro Andres' career on the Hilltop.
Weinstein and Kmetz put the first point on the board for the Hawks in doubles, breaking early for a 3-1 lead and adding another later in the set to take it 8-3 and move to 5-3 this season. Eric Howes and Kyle Harris got out to an early 3-0 lead in their match at No. 2 doubles and went on to win by an identical 8-3 score. Kavanagh and Madden made it a sweep with an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles in their first match as partners.
Kmetz provided the first singles point for Saint Anselm, taking two close sets from Nicholas Eherts at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-4. After Justin Toler's win at No. 1 singles gave Endicott its lone point of the afternoon, Weinstein delivered the clinching point via a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Sean McAndrews at the second spot.
With the team result determined, the final three singles matches were eight-game pro sets. Kavanagh leveled his record at 4-4 with an 8-6 victory over Jack DeRizzo at No. 4 singles. Kyle Harris picked up his team-best fifth win of the season by an 8-4 margin over Thomas Brent at fifth singles, while Brian Madden secured an 8-3 victory over Sam Salvas in the second singles match of his collegiate career.
Saint Anselm heads to Orlando, Fla. where the Hawks will play three matches next week, beginning with a match against Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on Tuesday, March 7 at 8 a.m.