April 20, 2012

Top-Seeded Men’s Tennis Eyes First-Ever Northeast-10 Tournament Crown Saturday

NORTH ANDOVER, MA- The Merrimack men's tennis team will look to claim its first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Tournament title as it hits the courts Saturday, April 21 against Bentley. The top-seeded Warriors will square off against the second-seeded Falcons at North Andover High School at 1 pm.

Merrimack defeated Bentley in a highly-anticipated regular season tilt, 5-4, April 12.

The Warriors captured their first-ever outright Northeast-10 Regular Season Championship this season after posting an 11-0 league record. Merrimack earned a share of its first-ever Northeast-10 Regular Season crown last spring.

The Warriors own a 16-7 overall record on the year and will look to tie the program's single-season win record when play begins on Saturday.

Led by the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year, Sean Tully, Merrimack heads into the tournament final riding a five-match winning-streak after topping Stonehill 5-0 in the semifinals.

The Warriors garnered eight Northeast-10 All-Conference selections this year. Petar Golijanin (Novi Sad, Serbia) was Merrimack's lone singles player to earn first team honors. Golijanin and Chris Toegemann (Narragansett, RI) also picked up first team doubles accolades this spring.

Max Eppley (Malaga, Spain), Vince Bellino (Amesbury, MA), Sean Pahler (Rumson, NJ) and Toegemann all earned spots on the Northeast-10 All-Conference second team singles. Eppley and Pahler, the Warriors' top duo, earned second team doubles honors and Bellino and Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, MA) joined the pair on the second team. Bellino was also tabbed to the All-Rookie squad in his first collegiate season.

Merrimack will be making its third appearance in four years in the Northeast-10 Tournament title match Saturday. The Warriors were eliminated from the 2011 tournament with a semifinal loss to Bentley.

Merrimack is also in line to reach its fifth-straight and fifth-ever NCAA Tournament this season. The Warriors are ranked fourth in the East Region.