INDIANAPOLIS – After securing its first-ever Northeast-10 Tournament Title, the Merrimack men's tennis team has earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will battle Bentley in the opening round Sunday, April 29.
The Warriors received the No. 4 seed in the East Region bracket after posting a 17-7 record on the year, matching a program record for the most wins in a season. Merrimack is making its fifth-straight and fifth-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Warriors will host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at North Andover High School. Merrimack will take on Bentley Sunday, April 29 and top-seeded #7 Concordia (NY) will face the victor in the second round Monday, April 30. Both matches are slated for 10 am starts.
First-year head coach Sean Tully was named the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Warriors to their first-ever outright Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Championship this season with an undefeated mark in league action.
All six players earned Northeast-10 All-Conference accolades this spring, headlined by Petar Golijanin (Novi Sad, Serbia) who picked up a pair of first team honors. Golijanin was tabbed to the All-Conference first team in singles and doubles after owning a combined record of 39-16 on the year. Golijanin teamed up Chris Toegemann (Narragansett, RI) to hold an 18-7 record on the season, including a 15-6 mark in dual match.
Sean Pahler (Rumson, NJ) and Max Eppley (Malaga, Spain) both garnered All-Conference second team honors this season for their play in singles and doubles action. The duo comprised Merrimack's top tandem and posted a 17-6 mark on the season. Pahler sported a 17-7 record in singles play while Eppley went 17-10 on the year.
Toegemann also added All-Conference second team honors after posting a singles mark of 18-8 during on the 2011-12 campaign. Vince Bellino (Amesbury, MA) collected All-Conference second team honors in singles and doubles as well as being tabbed to the All-Rookie squad. Bellino heads into the NCAA Tournament with a 16-9 record in singles match and partnered with Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, MA) to own to 14-4 mark at the No. 2 doubles position.
Merrimack suffered a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons. The Warriors lone win in the NCAA Tournament came in the 2008-09 campaign, a 5-4 victory over Adelphi in the opening round.