March 27, 2011
NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Four of six singles matches went to three sets, but it was Niagara University's two victories in the other two-set matches that proved to be the difference as the Purple Eagles defeated visiting Loyola University Maryland, 4-3, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's tennis action on Sunday morning.
Loyola (7-3 overall, 1-1 MAAC) won the doubles point by capturing victories in two of the three matches, but Niagara rallied early in singles play to pick up wins in No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Deron Lemieux-Sarrasin notched another win for Niagara, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, over Loyola's Connor Lisco in No. 6 singles, giving the Purple Eagles a 3-1 advantage with three singles matches to remaining.
Dan D'Agostino won the first set, 6-3, over Niagara's Jason Tedesco-Blair in No. 5 singles, but Tedesco-Blair rallied to win the match, taking the last two sets, 7-5, 6-4. The win clinched the match for the Purple Eagles.
Norton and Zingler opened the match with a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles over Kane and Lacasse, and Gorczakowski and Jamie Russo followed at No. 3 singles, defeating Gallegos and Matt Bojanowski, 8-5.
Lemieux-Sarrasin and Zelic then edged D'Agostino and Sanai, 8-4, in the second doubles match.