Men's Tennis Defeats Assumption on Sunday, 8-1


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's tennis team picked up their first conference victory of the season on Sunday as they down Assumption College by the score of 8-1.

The Basics
Scores: Merrimack 8 Assumption 1 
Records: Merrimack (3-1, 1-0) | Assumption (0-2, 0-2)
Location: North Andover High School | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened
The Warriors dominated all the doubles matches on the afternoon. Senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) downed Waung and Rahnasto by the score 8-1. Freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) also downed their opponents by the score 8-2. Sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and rookie Tayyab Sheikh (Longmeadow, Mass.) continued their strong play defeating LaMonica and Breen from Assumption 8-0.

Merrimack dominated five out of the six singles matches on the afternoon, while defaulting the number six slot. James defeating Waung by a score of 6-1, 6-0. Chris and Pronesti also picked up victories on Sunday by the score of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively. Bellino won the no. 4 spot 6-2, 6-1. Sheikh took the final match of the day by a score of 8-3.

A Closer Look
J. Barnhart def. Chris Waung 6-1, 6-0
C. Barnhart def. Marco Leung 6-2, 6-2
Pronesti def Viljami Rahnasto 6-1, 6-1
Bellino def. Andrew LaMonica 6-2, 6-1
Sheikh def Matt Drolet 8-3

C.Barnhart/Pronesti def. Waung/Rahnasto 8-1
J. Barnhart/Bellino def. Leung/Drolet 8-2
Belfort/Sheikh def. LaMonica/Breen 8-0

What They Said
"I am very proud of how our guys came out and played today," said head coach Peter Arsenault.  "We came out strong, ready to play and came through with six victories."

Up Next
The men's tennis team returns to action Friday, October 4th when the Warriors participate in the Niagara Duals. 


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