New Paltz Defeats Hartwick In Men’s Tennis Finale

NEW PALTZ — SUNY New Paltz closed its men’s tennis season with a decisive 7-2 come-from-behind win over Hartwick on Tuesday afternoon at the Elting Lower Courts.

The Hawks, which finish the year with a school-best 8-6 record, won all six singles matches after starting the day by dropping two of three doubles matches.

Kingston High graduate Justin Jourden notched victories at both singles and doubles, having first teamed with Chris Knoblauch to defeat Hartwick’s Osafo Barker and Jed Murray, 8-6, in second doubles and later overpowering Eric Sydor, 6-2, 6-2, at first singles.

In other action, Tiberiu Taran and Ed Paulinski rebounded from an earlier 9-8 first doubles loss to Sydor and Nick Rupwani to defeat Dino Ragona (6-4, 6-0) and Rupwani (6-2, 6-1) at second and third singles, respectively.


New Paltz 7, Hartwick 2

Singles: 1. Justin Jourden (NP) def. Eric Sydor (H), 6-2, 6-2. 2. Tiberiu Taran (NP) def. Dino Ragona (H), 6-4, 6-0. 3. Ed Paulinski (NP) def. Nick Rupwani (H), 6-2, 6-1. 4. Erick Lajara (NP) def. Jed Murray (H), by forfeit. 5. Josh Elohim (NP) def. Nick LaBruna (H), 6-2, 6-1. 6. David Bridglall (NP) def. Osafo Barker (H), 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles: 1. Nick Rupwani/Eric Sydor (H) def. Ed Paulinski/Tiberiu Taran (NP), 9-8. 2. Justin Jourden/Chris Knoblauch (NP) def. Osafo Barker/Jed Murray (H), 8-6. 3. Nick LaBruna/Dino Ragona (H) def. Eric Gullickson/Nilay Oo (NP), 8-0.

Team Records: Hartwick 1-11, New Paltz 8-6.