Dukes Lose To Rhode Island, 4-2, In A-10 Tournament
April 8, 2004
Pittsburgh, Pa. - Duquesne dropped their opening round match in the 2004 Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship to Rhode Island on Thursday by a 4-2 score at the Oxford Athletic Club in Monroeville, Pa. Junior Robert Schirripa (Carnegie, PA / Carlynton) and sophomore Michael Belmonte (Pittsburgh, PA / Woodland Hills / Monmouth) gained straight-set singles wins for the number 9 seed Dukes, the host of this three-day event.
Schirripa defeated the Rams' Eric Livingstone 6-4, 6-3 and Belmonte took URI's Pat McGuire 6-2, 6-3. Belmonte teamed with classmate Robert Ojeda (San Juan, PR /Marquette) for the Dukes' lone doubles win, 8-4, over Geoff Peterson and Joe Villucci.
Rhode Island, the number 8 seed, was defeated by #1 Richmond, 4-0, in the quarterfinals. The other top seeds, #2 George Washington, #3 Saint Joseph's and #4 St. Bonaventure, also advanced to the semifinals.
The Dukes will meet #11 Fordham for ninth place Friday, April 9 at 8:00 a.m. The Rams lost their opening match against Dayton (#6) 4-0 and then defeated #10 La Salle, 4-1, to gain a berth in tomorrow's consolation match.
Oxford Athletic Club - Duquesne University host
First Round - Thursday, April 8, 2004
Rob Sutphen (URI) def. Devon Peightal 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Dustin Parente (URI) def. Rodrigo Lacayo 6-1, 7-5 Nick Barbera (URI) vs. Robert Ojeda 5-7, 6-6 (5-5) DNF Robert Schirripa (DU) def. Eric Livingstone 6-4, 6-3 Geoff Peterson (URI) def. Joseph Esposito 6-3, 1-6, 3-3 (def.) Michael Belmonte (DU) def. Pat McGuire 6-2, 6-3
Sutphen / Barbera (URI) def. Peightal / Lacayo 8-4 Parente / Livingstone (URI) def. Esposito / Schirripa 8-4 Ojeda / Belmonte (DU) def. Peterson / Joe Villucci 8-4