The Rockland Community College Hawks won the men’s tennis Region XV championship for the second year in a row. RCC beat Nassau Community College in the finals to earn the spot to NJCAA Division III Nationals in Plano, Texas.
“My kids played awesome,” said RCC fifth-year head coach Joseph Gravagna. “I knew my team was peaking. We played our best tennis of the year this weekend.”
RCC swept the doubles competition to give them an early 3-0 lead. It was not easy for them though. Each doubles match lasted over 3 ½ hours.
“It took a lot of endurance,” said team captain, Macgregor Graham. “You’ve got to be in the right mental state.” Graham is a graduate of Nyack High School.
This is the first time that RCC has won back-to-back Region XV championships since 1975-76. The feat is even more impressive considering the Hawks did not return any player from last year.