NEW LONDON, Conn. - Saint Michael's College men's tennis senior Seb Tonini (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy), junior Jackson Moser (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point) and first-year Simon Lundholm (Le Luc, France/CNED) all won both their singles and doubles brackets during Saturday's season-opening Connecticut College Tournament. Student-athletes from Saint Michael's, Connecticut College and the United States Coast Guard Academy, which was ranked 31st in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III national poll, competed in round-robin play. The Purple Knights are 10th in the most recent ITA East Region poll.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Lundholm, 4 wins
- Moser, 4 wins
- Tonini, 4 wins
- Senior Josh Weiss (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon), 3 wins
- Junior Tristian Du Plessis (Rustenburg, South Africa/Hoërskool Waterkloof/Wallace State CC), 3 wins
- First-year Julius van den Broek (Bergschenhoek, The Netherlands/Wolfert Lyceum), 3 wins
- Coast Guard was the 2022 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament runner-up after a perfect league regular season. The Bears are not only ranked 31st in the nation but stand 11th in the latest ITA Northeast Region Poll.
- With his 24th career doubles win, senior Jason Boucher (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) moved into a tie for ninth in program history.
- All 10 Purple Knights won at least once, while seven won at least one bracket title.
- In singles play, Weiss swept through Bracket C with a pair of wins, including 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) against a Coast Guard player. Van Den Broek won Bracket E behind two victories, and Tonini dropped only 10 games en route to two wins and a Bracket F title. Lundholm nabbed a pair of wins to take Bracket G, and Moser lost just 10 games in two triumphs at Bracket H.
- Senior Connor Scott (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) downed his foe from Coast Guard, 6-3, 6-2, during the lone match in Bracket I, and sophomore Sergio Barroso (Madrid, Spain/Colegio Montpellier) bested a Coast Guard player by a 6-3, 6-2 count in the only Bracket J contest.
- During his first match as a Purple Knight, Du Plessis lost to a Coast Guard representative, 6-2, 6-4, in Bracket D before taking a 6-3, 6-3 decision against Connecticut College.
- In Bracket A, Boucher lost to Coast Guard junior Myles Decoste, the 41st-ranked player in Division III, 6-4, 7-5. Decoste was the 2022 NEWMAC Player of the Year after going 16-1 in singles play, and finished the year ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III Region I rankings. Boucher rebounded to down his Connecticut College opponent, 7-5, 6-2.
- First-year Mathis Billman (Brandon, Miss./South Carolina Connections Academy) opened his career with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 loss in Bracket B to a Coast Guard player who went 12-3 last year before his match against a Connecticut College foe was cut short with him trailing, 7-5, 4-3.
- Du Plessis and Lundholm combined to take the Bracket C doubles title, losing five total games over two matches, while Moser and Tonini followed suit in Bracket D with a pair of 6-1 victories.
- Boucher and Weiss lost their opening match in Bracket A, 7-6 (7-4), against a Coast Guard tandem ranked 10th in the ITA Northeast Region poll. The duo rebounded with a 6-1 triumph in the next match with Connecticut College.
- Billman and van den Broek split matches in Bracket B, losing to Coast Guard, 6-3, before downing the host Camels, 6-1.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MATCH
- Oct. 15 at Bates College, 10 a.m.
- The Bobcats were 18th in the latest 2021 ITA Division III Northeast Region Poll.