Eight All-Conference Picks Lead Top-Seeded Men’s Tennis into Northeast-10 Tournament; Sean Tully Tabbed Coach of the Year
SOUTH EASTON, MA- The Merrimack men's tennis team led all teams with eight Northeast-10 All-Conference selections and first-year head coach was tabbed the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year. The Warriors garnered five Northeast-10 All-Conference singles players and three doubles pairs.
Merrimack rolled through the regular season with 11 league victories to claim their first-ever outright Northeast-10 Regular Season crown and earn the top seed in the Northeast-10 Tournament.
The Warriors will square off against Stonehill, the No. 4 seed, April 19 in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Championship. Merrimack posted an 8-1 victory over the Skyhawks when the two teams met in the regular season.
The Warriors posted a 15-7 overall record with an 11-0 mark in conference matches this season.
Petar Golijanin (Novi Sad, Serbia) paced Merrimack with two first team nods. The junior was a first team selection at the No. 3 singles slot and the No. 3 doubles spot with Chris Toegemann (Narragansett, RI).
Max Eppley (Malaga, Spain), Bellino, Sean Pahler (Rumson, NJ) and Toegemann all earned spots on the second team singles squad. Eppley and Pahler, Merrimack's top tandem, also collected second team honors. Bellino was also named to the All-Rookie team in his first season of collegiate tennis.
Golijanin was the Warriors' only singles player with an undefeated record in singles action against Northeast-10 opponents this season. The junior won all 11 matches in league play and owned an 8-0 mark at the No. 3 position.
Eppley sported a 9-2 record in singles action against conference foes and went 7-1 at the second spot. Bellino capped off the regular season with a 9-1 mark in league play including a 6-1 record at the No. 4 slot.
Pahler boasted a 10-1 record in Northeast-10 matches while going 6-1 at the No. 5 spot. Toegemann notched eight wins in 10 league matches this year, including six of seven at the No. 6 position.
In doubles action, two of Merrimack's tandems owned unblemished marks in league action. Bellino and Barnhart claimed 10 wins in conference play while prevailing in all nine matches played at the No. 2 spot. Golijanin and Toegemann captured eight victories in doubles play against Northeast-10 pairs. The duo went 7-0 at the third position.
Eppley and Pahler secured nine doubles wins against conference opponents, playing all 11 matches at the top slot.
The Warriors reached the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament last season before falling to Bentley 5-4.
Merrimack advanced to its fourth-straight and fourth-ever NCAA Tournament in the spring of 2011. The Warriors suffered a first-round loss to Philadelphia last year.