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Men's Tennis Drops Heartbreaking 5-4 Decision To Johnson & Wales In GNAC Title Match

2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Weymouth Tennis Club, Weymouth, Mass.


WEYMOUTH, Mass.--  Sophomore Devin Kitterick’s (Bridgewater, Mass.) come-from-behind three-set victory at number six singles provided the difference and lifted top-seeded Johnson & Wales to the 2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Championship with a 5-4 triumph over second-seeded Suffolk in the title dual-match played Saturday evening at the Weymouth Tennis Club.

Kitterick overcame three match points, including two in the second set, as well as third set deficits of 4-0 and 5-2 to post the clinching point for the Wildcats, who end the season at 11-1 overall after also claiming the league’s regular season crown.  Kitterick faced his third match point trailing 5-4 in the third, but won three straight points to forge to 5-5 tie en route to his win.

Senior Stuart Fodiman (Oakville, Conn.), who was named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, posted victories at both the number one singles and doubles spots for Johnson & Wales, which also received a pair of triumphs from senior Tit Hudarin (Velenje, Slovenia).  Fodiman and senior John Bauernfeind (High Bridge, N.J.) combined for an 8-5 doubles win for the Wildcats, while Hudarin and sophomore Henrick Arnbert (Gothenburg, Sweden) posted an 8-1 triumph at the number two doubles position.

Sophomore Jared Orkin (Newton, Mass.) and freshman John Samander (Curacao, Netherlands) each notched wins in singles and doubles play for the Rams, who finish the season at 8-5 overall in advancing to their first-ever appearance in the Great Northeast title match, as the duo collected straight set wins at the number three and five singles positions before combining for an 8-1 victory at number three doubles en route to earning all-tournament accolades.  Freshman Justin Ayoub (Brooklyn, N.Y.) notched the other point of the evening for Suffolk with a straight set win at number four spot.

Fodiman, Hudarin, Orkin and Samander were joined on the all-tournament team by Norwich’s Peter Hooper and Emerson’s Allessandro Bellino.

Singles Results
#1 Stuart Fodiman (JWU) def. Pedro Soares (SUF)   6-2, 6-4
#2 Tit Hudarin (JWU) def. Chris Delisi (SUF)    7-5, 6-3
#3 Jared Orkin (SUF) def. John Bauernfeind (JWU)   6-2, 6-2
#4 Justin Ayoub (SUF) def. Henrick Arnbert (JWU)   6-1, 6-2
#5 John Samander (SUF) def. Roshan Thacker (JWU)   6-1, 6-0
#6 Devin Kitterick (JWU) def. Garrett Freeman (SUF)   6-7, 7-5, 7-5

Doubles Results
#1 Fodiman/Bauernfeind (JWU) def. Soares/Delisi (SUF)   8-5
#2 Hudarin/Arnbert (JWU) def. Freeman/Nick Pratt (SUF)  8-1
#3 Orkin/Samander (SUF) def. Thacker/Kitterick (JWU)   8-1

Records Suffolk   8-5
  Johnson & Wales 11-1