Lions Fall to Pride 6-3 in Opening Match of 2017 Season

Lions Fall to Pride 6-3 in Opening Match of 2017 Season

WESTON, Mass. - Pride junior Luke Horton (Bass Harbor, Maine) closed out the first win of the Regis season, defeating the Emerson Lions 6-3 in the opening match of the year for Emerson. Horton took down the Lions Antonio Ramirez (Caracas, Venezuela) 6-2, 6-4 to close out the match.

The Pride opened up the day by taking two of three matches in doubles play to jump out to a 2-1 lead. Regis won third singles by forfeit before freshmen Tim Miller (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Owen Pelissier (Hingham, Mass.) each picked up their first collegiate wins at No. 2 doubles, defeating Thomas McCorkle (Matthews, N.C.) and Bernando Garza 8-4.

Also winning in singles for the Pride was senior Chris Harrow (North Reading, Mass.) over Dan Okin (Amagansett, N.Y.) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 at No. 1 and sophomore Evan Russell (East Wareham, Mass.) over Garza 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4.

"I'm very happy with the fight these guys brought today," said Head Coach Aaron Bergeron. "It's never easy playing from behind... but our guys battled to the end."

Victorious for the Lions in singles was McCorkle, picking up his first collegiate win over Cam Charbonneau, 2-6, 6-4, 10-5, and senior Aren Kabarajian (Huntington Station, N.Y.), who defeated Matt DaRosso 6-1, 6-2. 

"(Thomas) McCorkle played his singles match like a veteran, coming back to win in three sets after losing the first," said Bergeron. "It was an incredibly gutsy performance and I'm excited to see his development."

Okin and Ramirez took home the only doubles point for the Lions; an 8-4 victory.

The Lions return to the court next weekend for the ITAs at Middlebury College. Following that, the Lions will have three weeks off before taking on Curry on the road on Oct. 7.