Western advances to Little East Conference Tournament Semifinals


DANBURY, CT (May 2) — The Western Connecticut State University men's tennis team advanced to the Little East Conference Tournament Semifinals following its 5-0 victory over Salem State University at Westside Courts on Wednesday afternoon.

The Colonials, 7-4 and seeded third for the tournament, raced out to a 3-0 advantage after sweeping the doubles' competitions.

Senior Troy Pandolfi (Danbury, CT) and Austin Werner (Fairfield, CT) gave Western a 1-0 lead after disposing of Rob Random (Newbury, MA) and Joshua Giller (Peabody, MA), 8-1 in the top pairs match.

Brian Bucknam (Woodbury, CT) and Ryan Klem (Newport, RI) edged Matt Lee (Pembroke, MA) and Eglis Bizhoti (Dorchester, MA), 8-6 minutes before senior Kyle Wilson (Naugatuck, CT) and Enea Dervishi (Waterbury, CT) defeated Kenny Hodgkins (Winthrop, MA) and J Jong Kim (Seoul, SK), 8-5.

In singles action, Pandolfi jumped out early and kept the pressure on Random before taking the number one solos' match, 6-1 and 6-2. Almost simultaneously, Dervishi put Hodgkins away, 6-3 and 6-3 at sixth singles.

Salem State, the tournament's sixth seed, ends the season with a 6-10 overall record.

Western has to ready itself immediately, due to the rain out on Tuesday, for second seeded Bridgewater State University. The LEC Semifinals begin in on Thursday at 3 pm.

Tennis Match Results
Salem State vs Western Connecticut Men
May 02, 2012 at Danbury, Conn.
(Westside Courts)

Western Connecticut Men 5, Salem State 0

Singles competition
1. Troy Pandolfi (WCSU) def. Rob Random (SSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Austin Werner (WCSU) vs. Matt Lee (SSU) 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
3. Brian Bucknam (WCSU) vs. Eglis Bizhoti (SSU) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
4. Ryan Klem (WCSU) vs. Josh Giller (SSU) 6-4, 1-4, unfinished
5. Kyle Wilson (WCSU) vs. Kristian Biedul (SSU) 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
6. Enea Dervishi (WCSU) def. Ken Hodgkins (SSU) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Troy Pandolfi/Austin Werner (WCSU) def. Rob Random/Josh Giller (SSU) 8-1
2. Brian Bucknam/Ryan Klem (WCSU) def. Matt Lee/Eglis Bizhoti (SSU) 8-6
3. Kyle Wilson/Enea Dervishi (WCSU) def. Ken Hodgkins/Jong Joe Kim (SSU) 8-5

Match Notes:
Salem State 6-10
Western Connecticut Men 7-4

order of finish D1, D2, D3, S1, S6