Men's tennis ousted from NCAA championships in Sweet 16

Men's tennis ousted from NCAA championships in Sweet 16

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. —  The NYIT men's tennis team's run through the NCAA Championships ended Tuesday with a 5-1 loss to Hawaii Pacific in the Sweet 16.

David Jiang and Jorge Gonzales Soler at third doubles won the lone match for the Bears.

NYIT nonetheless had a successful season, defeating District of Columbia and Chestnut Hill to advance.

The defeat ends the NYIT careers of Rafal Charkiewicz, Gonzales, David Jiang and Jaime Salvador.

Charkiewicz's loss to sixth-ranked Filip Dolezel at first singles, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8), clinched the match for Hawaii Pacific.

"Everyone played above their best today," assistant coach Owen Kassimir said. "They gave it their all to the end, and the score doesn't reflect the heart and soul that went into the match. After the match, the Hawaii Pacific coach mentioned to me that they certainly were not expecting the fight they had today. In the end, I am very proud of the men today."

The Bears are not done in Florida, by the way. The women's team has its Sweet 16 match against Southeastern Oklahoma on Wednesday at 8 a.m.