MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Daniel Kmetz of the Saint Anselm College men's tennis team picked up the Hawks only victory in Friday's 8-1 loss to Franklin Pierce University at the Carr Activities Center.
Saint Anselm falls to 0-4 (0-2 NE10) on the season after the loss in its Spring 2018 opener. Franklin Pierce moves to 4-2 on the year and to 1-0 within the Northeast-10 Conference.
Kmetz went the distance at No. 4 singles for the Hawks, winning the first set by a 7-6 score after a 9-7 tiebreaker. His counterpart, Andrew Schadt, captured a second-set victory before Kmetz rebounded to take set three by a 10-8 score. The win was Kmetz's second of the 2017-18 season.
Franklin Pierce sprinted out to a 3-0 lead after doubles play. The Saint Anselm tandem of Eric Howes and Kyle Harris had the closest match, losing 8-5 at the top doubles flight. Kmetz and Adam Weinstein lost an 8-4 bout at No. 2 doubles and Brian Kavanagh and Alex Pearson fell at No. 3 doubles, 8-3.
Howes posted a 7-6 (11-9), 6-4 loss at No. 1 singles and Weinstein dropped a 7-5, 6-2 match at No. 2 singles. Kavanagh, Harris and Benji Page fell at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
The Hawks head to Florida for six-straight matches in Orlando and Kissimmee. Saint Anselm will take on the University of the Sciences on Sunday, Mar. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Lake Cane Tennis Center.