Franklin Pierce Closes Regular Season with 5-4 Victory Over Bentley

Ravens clinch second seed in Conference tournament with the win

RINDGE, N.H. (April 18, 2002) - The Franklin Pierce men's tennis team clinched the second seed in the Northeast-10 Conference tournament and finished the NE-10 regular season with a 5-4 win over Bentley College this afternoon.

Junior Art Shannon (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) improved to a perfect 11-0 in his Conference singles matches as he defeated Bentley's Keenan Dalal 6-2, 6-2 at #5 singles. Shannon also recorded a 9-7 win at #2 doubles with teammate Maciej Szpakowski (Cutchougue, N.Y./Mattituck) to pace the Ravens.

Junior Ricky Sanford (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) posted a two set win over Andreas Pappas after teaming up with classmate Michael Hoffner (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) for an 8-4 win at #1 doubles.

Senior Pat Teague (West Haven, Conn./West Haven) and sophomore Darko Minic (Belgrade, Yugoslavia/XII Belgrade Gimnasium) also posted a win in their doubles match, as they defeated Barrett Alston and Andrew Murray 8-2 at the #3 spot.

Franklin Pierce closes out the Northeast-10 Conference regular season with a 14-9 record overall, 10-2 in League play. The team will next travel to Saint Anselm College for the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament, where it will face the #7 seed, Stonehill College, at 3:30 p.m.

Singles Winner Set 1 Set 2
Darko Minic (FP) vs. Ivan Eskildsen (BEN) BEN 6-4 7-5
Michael Hoffner (FP) vs. Kevan Riley (BEN) BEN 6-1 6-1
Ricky Sanford (FP) vs. Andreas Pappas (BEN) FP 6-4 6-4
Matt Szpakowski (FP) vs. Barrett Alston (BEN) BEN 7-5 6-4
Art Shannon (FP) vs. Keenan Dalal (BEN) FP 6-2 6-2
Ryan Jones (FP) vs. Greg Ranieri (BEN) BEN 6-1 6-0
Doubles Winner Set
Hoffner/Sanford (FP) vs. Riley/Dalal (BEN) FP 9-7
Szpakowski/Shannon (FP) vs. Eskildsen/Pappas (BEN) FP 8-4
Minic/Teague (FP) vs. Alston/Murray (BEN) FP 8-2