Kavanagh, Page rally for singles wins in loss to Ursinus

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Seniors Brian Kavanagh and Benji Page were victorious in super tiebreakers for the Saint Anselm College men's tennis team in a 7-2 setback to Ursinus College at Oak Street Park Community Center.


Kavanagh and Page each faced a match point against them but came back to win their matches in dramatic fashion for Saint Anselm (0-7). Ursinus (3-0), however, swept the three doubles matches and picked up victories at No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to stay unbeaten on the young season.

At No. 6 singles, Page rallied from dropping the first set, 6-3, to take the second, 6-1, to send the match to a decisive super tiebreaker. Matt Fontanese held a match point for Ursinus at 9-8, but Page came back to win the final three points to pick up his team-best fourth singles victory of the season.

Kavanagh fended off three match points in his match with Paul Vecchio at No. 3 singles. After saving three match points, Kavanagh forced the second set to a tiebreaker and rallied from 5-3 down to win the final four points and send the match to a decider. In the decider, Kavanagh won three-straight points to go up 4-2 and eventually brought up match points of his own at 9-5. Vecchio climbed to within 9-7 before Kavanagh finished off the win.

All four singles victories for the Bears came in straight sets, with Peter Shields and Connor DeFaber-Schumacher claiming first-set tiebreakers over Daniel Kmetz and Kyle Harris, respectively, at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. The No. 2 doubles match between Mason Groff and Shields and Adam Weinstein and Kmetz came down to the final game before the Ursinus duo claimed the 9-7 victory.

Saint Anselm has Wednesday off before playing two matches on Thursday, March 8. The Hawks start the day against Aquinas at 8 a.m. before taking on Otterbein at 7 p.m.