Season Recap: Men’s Tennis Collects Hardware En Route to Fifth-Straight NCAA Tournament

NORTH ANDOVER, MA - The Merrimack men's tennis team claimed its first-ever Northeast-10 Tournament Title and outright Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Championship. The Warriors posted an unblemished mark in league matches, going 11-0 on the year.

Merrimack finished the 2011-12 season with an 18-8 overall record, setting a new program record for most wins in a season.

After claiming the Northeast-10 Tournament Crown, the Warriors earned an automatic bid to their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament. Merrimack topped Bentley 5-0 in the opening round before falling to #7 Concordia in the second stage.

This season, the Warriors earned 11 Northeast-10 All-Conference accolades. Petar Golijanin (Novi Sad, Serbia) paced the squad with a pair of first team honors in singles and doubles action as he teamed with Chris Toegemann (Narragansett, RI) at the No. 3 slot.

Vince Bellino (Amesbury, MA)
and Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, MA) also earned first team doubles plaudits this spring. Max Eppley (Malaga, Spain), Sean Pahler (Rumson, NJ), Bellino and Toegemann all earned second team singles honors. Eppley and Pahler combined to make up Merrimack's top tandem and garnered second team accolades.

First-year head coach Sean Tully was tabbed the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Warriors to their first-ever outright Northeast-10 Regular Season Title.

During the 2011-12 campaign, Eppley and Pahler each recorded their 100th career victories. Eppley sported a 17-10 singles record in his senior year while Pahler went 18-7 on the year in singles action. The duo combined to own a 16-7 doubles mark at the top position this season.

Golijanin and Toegemann each racked up a team-high 19 victories in singles matches this year while Bellino boasted a 17-9 singles record in his first collegiate season.

Merrimack posted a season-long winning-streak of seven matches late in the spring. The Warriors prevailed in each of their final four regular season matches before topping Bentley twice and Stonehill once in postseason action.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of these six players. We attained many team goals this season and the success of this season has set the foundation for years to come," said head coach Sean Tully.

Merrimack will graduate a pair of seniors this year, Max Eppley and Sean Pahler. The Warriors will return four players from the 2011-12 squad next fall, Bellino, Barnhart, Golijanin and Toegemann.