Barnhart And Bellino Headline NE-10 All-Conference Selections For Warriors
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack men's tennis team earned three first team all-conference members and two second team all-conference members, as announced by the league office on Tuesday morning.
Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) each earned first team all-conference accolades in no. 3 and no. 4 singles respectively while the duo also earned second team all-conference accolades in the no. 2 doubles slot. Barnhart and Bellino closed out the regular season going 8-0 in singles action during conference play while also earning a 6-1 record in doubles.
In the no. 5 and no. 6 singles slots, Petar Golijanin (Novi Sad, Serbia) and freshman Mark Mallory (Portland, OR) earned second team honors. Mallory compiled a 4-1 record to earn his first all-conference accolades while Golijanin finished the season with a 7-1 record in conference action. He also earned first team honors at no. 3 doubles with fellow senior Chris Toegemann (Narragansett, RI). The duo finished the season with a perfect 5-0 conference mark.
Golijanin is the lone Warrior to receive all-conference accolades each of his four seasons. He has earned first team singles honors on two occasions and second team singles honors on two occasions during his prolific career.
Merrimack freshman Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) was also named to the NE-10 all-rookie team for his performance during his first year on campus. Belfort finished the season for the Warriors with a 3-4 conference mark in the no. 1 singles position while compiling a 4-2 mark in conference doubles action for Merrimack.
Merrimack has not lost a conference match in over two years as they finished with a perfect 9-0 record this season, earning their third straight NE-10 Regular season crown, and finished 10-0 last season.
The Warriors will be the #1 seed in the upcoming NE-10 Championships and they will host the winner of #5 Adelphi at #4 Stonehill on Friday at 2 p.m. at North Andover High School. If weather becomes a factor, the match will be moved to the Wobourn Racquet Club at 2 p.m.