RPI Tennis Season Opener

RPI Men’s Tennis traveled to Rochester for the Flower City Tournament where they hit Hobart in the opening round.  Hobart won 2 out of 3 doubles and held on by splitting the 6 singles matches.  In the next round, RPI turned it around against RIT by winning 2 out of 3 doubles and splitting the singles for a 5-4 win.  The  it was on to play Nazareth College.  The RPI Engineers took it the tournament hosts with a 5-1 victory.  RPI returns to the courts Sunday at 1:00 (at home – Sharp Courts) against Springfield College, while the Ladies open their season on Sunday with an away match at Plattsbugh.   Look for match recaps at the end of this article.

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TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes Jeff Corelli and Brandon Mazzara have been recognized with Liberty League weekly honors for the week ending September 11. Corelli was named the Performer of the Week in men’s cross country, while Mazzara garnered Rookie of the Week in men’s tennis.

Corelli, a senior captain out of Latham, N.Y., was tabbed after posting a time of 26:44 to win the 8k race at the Engineers Cup, hosted by MIT. He was one of five RPI runners to finish in the top-10, helping the team to an overall victory for the second straight season.

A former standout at Shaker High School, Corelli had a solid season in 2010 as he competed in all seven races. Among his top finishes was at the Engineers Cup, where he was sixth overall to lead RPI to the team title for the first time since 1996. He also garnered All-State Third Team honors after placing 15th at the 2010 NYSCTC Championships.

A freshman who hails from Orange, Calif., Mazzara earned top rookie honors following a collegiate debut in which he went 3-0 at #2 singles and 3-0 at #1 doubles alongside partner Jarrett Regier (East Amherst, NY/Clarence) at the Flower City Tournament in Rochester. He claimed victory at #2 singles in his first match – a 5-4 loss to Hobart – and went on for two more wins as the Engineers defeated RIT (5-4) and Nazareth (5-1).

Mazzara, who is a graduate of Villa Park High School, was a member of the tennis team and competed at #1 singles as a senior. The team’s Most Valuable Player, he helped his squad capture four straight Century League Championship titles.

The cross country teams return to action on Saturday when they host the Saratoga Invitational at Saratoga State Park. The women’s race kicks off at 12:30pm, while the men will compete at 1:15pm. The men’s tennis team returns to action on Sunday as they host Springfield in their home opener at Sharp Courts (1pm).

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Kyle Borton

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sophomore Jarrett Regier (East Amherst, NY/Clarence) captured victories at both first flight singles and doubles, but the Rensselaer men’s tennis team fell to Hobart College in the opening round of the 2011 Flower City Tournament. With the win the Statesmen open season at 1-0, while the Engineers begin 0-1.

Regier paired with freshman Brandon Mazzara (Orange, CA/Villa Park) to take the team’s lone doubles flight victory, while the two schools split the six singles competitions. Mazzara joined Regier and fellow first-year standout Will Dickie (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxborough Regional) as Rensselaer singles winners, as the trio won at the first, second and third flights.

Below are the results by flight:

Singles Results
1. Regier (R) def. Bruce Grant (H) 7-5, 6-2
2. Mazzara (R) def. Sam DeLuccia (H) 6-3, 6-3
3. Dickie (R) def. Matt Hursh (H) 6-3, 6-4
4. Alex James (H) def. Andre Vorbrodt (R) 6-2, 7-5
5. Mike Fields (H) def. Kenny Weiand (R) 6-2, 6-2
6. Matt Massey (H) def. Kyle Borton (R) 6-0, 6-1

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Doubles Results
1. Mazzara/Regier (R) def. Grant/James (H) 8-4
2. DeLuccia/Fields (H) def. Dickie/Patrick Russo (R) 8-3
3. Hursh/Massey (H) def. Borton/Vorbrodt (R) 8-3

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Jarrett Regier

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sophomore Jarrett Regier and freshman Brandon Mazzara teamed up for a victory at first doubles, while each winning at first and second flight singles, respectively to lead the Renssealer men’s tennis team to a, 5-4, victory over RIT, in the consolation round of the Flower City Tournament. With the win the Engineers improve to 1-1, while the Tigers drop to 0-2.

Below are the results by flight:

Singles Results
1. Regier (RPI) def. Tennyson Saucedo (RIT) 6-3, 6-4
2. Mazzara (RPI) def. Neville Billimoria (RIT) 6-4, 6-1
3. Will Dickie (RPI) def. Clayton Tontarski (RIT) 6-2, 6-2
4. Adam Wolf (RIT) def. Andre Vorbrodt (RPI) 7-6(2), 6-4
5. Adam Baptiste (RIT) def. Kenny Weiand (RPI) 4-6, 6-3 (10-8)
6. Marc Lachance (RIT) def. Adam Snyder (RPI) 6-4, 7-5

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Freshman Brandon Mazzara claimed victory at second singles and first doubles to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s tennis team to a 5-1 victory over Nazareth College in the fifth place match of the Flower City Tournament.  The Engineers improve to 2-1 on the young season, while the Golden Flyers drop to 1-2.

In a match that was shortened with just three singles played, Mazzara (Orange, CA/Villa Park) won by a 6-3, 6-4 margin to defeat Bret Beaver.  He also paired with sophomore Jarrett Regier (East Amherst, NY/Clarence) to win at first doubles by a score of 8-5.

Junior Kenny Weiand (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) was victorious at fifth singles, defeating Nazareth’s Tom Wood by a score of 6-0, 6-1, while senior Kyle Borton (Bolton, CT/Bolton) won in the sixth flight by a 6-3, 6-2 margin over Matt Jennings.

The Engineers, who won two of the three doubles, also saw Borton and sophomore James Kim (Jacksonville, FL/Taxon School of Advanced Studies) cruise to victory in the third flight with an 8-0 win.

Results by Flight:
Singles Results
2. Brandon Mazzara (R) def. Bret Beaver (N) 6-3, 6-4
5. Kenny Weiand (R) def. Tom Wood (N) 6-0, 6-1
6. Kyle Borton (R) def. Matt Jennings (N) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles Results
1. Mazzara/Jarrett Regier (R) def. Beaver/Ryan McCormick (N) 8-5
2. Jeremy Mancus/Erik Manske (N) def. Will Dickie/Pat Russo (R) 8-4
3. Borton/James Kim (R) def. Wood/Zach Morley (N) 8-0

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