GORHAM, Maine – Junior Adam Whitman (New Castle, N.H./Portsmouth) and senior captain Zach Caron (North Conway, N.H./Kennett) each earned solid wins at the top of the singles lineup to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a season-opening 9-0 win over the Johnson State College Badgers Saturday afternoon at the Gorham High School tennis courts in Gorham, Maine.
With the win, the Huskies kick off their 2012 season with an 1-0 record. The loss is the fifth straight for the Badgers who fall to 0-5.
Playing at the top of the order, Whitman downed Johnson State senior Ryan Joy (North Montpelier, Vt./U-32) 6-4, 6-0. Caron followed with a hard-won 6-4, 6-3 win over Badger sophomore Chance Swafford (Waterbury, Vt./North Country) at second singles. The Huskies continued to dominate the singles points winning their next four matches by the score of 6-1, 6-0 or straight set 6-0, 6-0 wins.
In doubles competition, Southern Maine cruise to three points. Whitman and freshman Scott Gagne (Lewiston, Maine) downed Joy and Swafford at first doubled by the score of 8-2, while Caron and sophomore Christopher G. Ross (Somerset, Mass.) defeated seniors Alen Turan (Essex, Vt.) and Kyle Young (Randolph, Vt.) by the same score.
Gagne was also a 6-0, 6-0 winner for the Huskies in singles action defeating senior Ben Algar (Old Lyme, Conn./Lynne-Old Lympe) at third singles for his first collegiate win.
Southern Maine faces UMass Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) on the road for its first Little East Conference contest. Johnson State travels to Thomas College on Sunday (12:00 p.m.).