Lions Fall in Close Match at Salem State, 5-4

Lions Fall in Close Match at Salem State, 5-4

SALEM, Mass. - With the Lions and Vikings all square at four matches apiece, the Vikings Andrew Muttiah defeated Lions junior Daniel Okin (Amagansett, N.Y.) in three-sets, handing Salem State a 5-4 victory over the Emerson Lions on Sunday afternoon on the campus of Salem State.

Starting in doubles, the Lions pairing of Okin and Antonio Ramirez defeated Muttiah and John DiDonato, 8-4. The Vikings second and third doubles teams came out victorious to lead 2-1 after doubles play. The Vikings pair of Chen Chen and Mitchell Dyer won 8-2 while Roni Brazile and Noah Hodgkins went on to an 8-1 win.

In singles play, sophomore Bernando Garza (Monterrey, Mexico) swept Steve Kennedy 6-0, 6-0 to tie the match scores at 2-2. Freshman Thomas McCorkle (Mathews, N.C.) and Ramirez won their singles matches. McCorkle with a 6-4, 6-3 victory, Ramizez defeated DiDonato 6-3, 6-4.

For the Vikings singles, Chen and Brazile came out with victories. Chen by a score of 6-3, 6-1 while Brazile won his match 6-1, 6-1.

The Lions drop to 0-2 now in the abbreviated fall season. Emerson returns to the court on Oct. 7 as they travel to Curry College for a noon showdown.