Men’s Tennis Opens Fall Season with 8-1 Win over UMass Dartmouth

Griffin Arnold picked up wins in both singles and doubles play as the Golden Bears opened their fall season with an 8-1 victory over UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday. (Photo by Chris Marion)
Griffin Arnold picked up wins in both singles and doubles play as the Golden Bears opened their fall season with an 8-1 victory over UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday. (Photo by Chris Marion)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 1, 2019) – The Western New England University men's tennis team opened the fall portion of its 2019-20 campaign with an 8-1 victory over UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon at the Volvo Courts.

The Golden Bears held a 2-1 lead after doubles play with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Seniors David Kalmer (Slingerland, N.Y.) and Luke Surawski (Wethersfield, Conn.) teamed up for an 8-2 victory over Noah Dubitzky and Tristin Viale at the top doubles flight, while senior Griffin Arnold (Meriden, Conn.) and freshman Sebastian Smreczak (Auburn, Mass.) bested Kyle Noseworthy and Mark Desmond 8-4 at No. 3.

UMass Dartmouth's lone point of the match came via Baylen Harper and Eli Brooks' 8-6 win over juniors Max Gordon (Middleton, Mass.) and Matt Russell (Auburn, Mass.) at No. 2 doubles.

The Golden Bears completed their season-opening triumph with a clean sweep of the six singles matchups.

Kalmer topped Dubitzky 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1, and Surawski earned a 6-1, 6-4 result over Viale at No. 2. In the No. 3 spot, Gordon beat Brooks 6-1, 6-3, while Arnold edged Harper 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4.

The Corsairs nearly added another point to their total at No. 5 singles, as Noseworthy took the opening set (6-3) against Russell, but the junior rebounded with 6-1 and 6-3 results in the second and third sets to earn the comeback win.

In the final singles matchup, Smreczak cruised past Sean Nutter 6-1, 6-0.