Morin and Norris Earn Huskies' Point with Doubles Win
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Kyle Morin (Lewiston, Maine) and senior Matt Norris (Casco, Maine/Lake Region) combined to provide the University of Southern Maine men's tennis team with its only point in an 8-1 loss to visiting Thomas College in a non-conference match at the Costello Sports Complex field house Wednesday afternoon.
With their second straight win, the Terriers improved to 6-4 on the season. The Huskies, still searching for their first win, dropped their fifth consecutive match.
Morin and Norris combined to earn the Huskies' point with a hard-fought 8-6 win over the Thomas combination of senior Christo Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine) and sophomore Jose Alfonso (Tenerife, Spain) at number three doubles. The Morin/Norris win left the Huskies down 2-1 after the three doubles matches.
The Terriers came on strong to take all six singles matches. The best singles match was at number four between Morin and freshman Yontz Sutton (Hamilton, Bermuda). Sutton took the opening set 6-3, but Morin came back to win the second set 7-5 forcing a third and deciding set. Sutton would prevail in the final set, 6-2, to take the point.
Juniors Ryan Chasse (Fort Kent, Maine) and Kaleb Payson (Lamoine, Maine/MDI) combined at the top of the Terrier lineup for three points. The duo knocked off the USM pair of sophomore Adam Papayoanou (Valencia, Calif.) and senior Matt Henderson (Newburyport, Mass.) at number one doubles 8-1. Chasse came back to defeat Papayoanou 6-2, 6-2 in the number one singles match. Payson dispatched with Henderson at number two in straight sets.
Southern Maine will host Castleton University in a Little East Conference match on Saturday (1 p.m.). Thomas travels to Vermont this weekend to play three matches over two days starting with a North Atlantic Conference match at Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Saturday 3 p.m.).