Broncs swept by St. Francis (Pa.)

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: March 10, 2013
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Rplloe Malfitano won at first singles
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information

College Tennis
Men: St. Francis (Pa.) 5, Rider University 2
Women: St. Francis (Pa.) 7  Rider University 0

LAWRENCEVILLE--Both the Rider University men's and women's tennis teams opened the 2013 spring season with a non-conference loss to the Red Flash of St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday afternoon.

The men lost 5-2 with the women falling 7-0

For the Rider men, junior Rollie Malfitano (Wenonah/Gloucester Catholic) won at first singles 7-6 (5) and 6-3 with senior Mike Gershon (East Brunswick) posting a come from behind win at sixth singles, 0-6, 6-2, 11-9.

"Both Rollie and Mike played very good matches today," said head coach Ed Torres.  "Both were down and came back, especially Gershon.  He was losing in the tie-breaker 9-6 and came back and won the final five points in a row to clinch the match.  And Rollie, he played a very solid player and this may have been his best match since he has been at Rider.  He made a lot of acrobatic shots, pressed and stayed in the match against an excellent opponent."

Malfitano and Gershon teamed up for an 8-6 win at third doubles.

For the Bronc women, sophomore Michelle Caravaglio (Manalapan/Freehold) won three games at second singles before losing in straight sets.

"On the women's side, they just played a better opponent," said Torres.  "We were missing a few starters out of the lineup which may have made it a little closer but St. Francis had more experienced players and kept the ball alive more."

The Bronc men travel to Queens College on March 29 for a 2pm match.  Both the Rider men and women host Wagner on March 30 at 11am.


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