REIGNING NE-10 CHAMPION WARRIORS TABBED FIRST IN NE-10 PRESEASON POLL
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's tennis team was selected to finish first in the Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll released Thursday by the league office. The Warriors also received eight of 11 first-place votes.
Merrimack collected 98 points to claim the first slot while Southern New Hampshire came in second and Stonehill garnered third. The Penmen received three first-place nod and 93 points while the Skyhawks earned 74 points.
With 73 points, Bentley was selected fourth and Adelphi came in fifth with 65 points. Following the Panthers was American International (58), Le Moyne (35) and Saint Michaels (33) in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Rouding out the 11-team poll was Franklin Pierce (30), Assumption (29) and Saint Anselm (17).
The Warriors are coming off a fantastic 2012-2013 season, winning the Northeast-10 Championship for the second consecutive year and also making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Warriors wrapped up the season with a 15-5 overall record, which was a new program-low in losses in a season. The men's side went a perfect 9-0 in conference play in 2012-2013.
Merrimack was led by Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) in No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles. The sophomore finished the season 5-8 in singles and 3-3 in doubles. Matt Lipinski (Arlington, Mass.) and Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) saw action in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spot. Lipinski finished 6-8 and Pronesti finished 5-6 in singles.
Merrimack opens the spring slate on Sunday, Feb. 16 when they travel Boston, Mass. to take on Boston University.
2014 Northeast-10 Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Merrimack (8) – 98
2. Southern New Hampshire (3) – 93
3. Stonehill – 74
4. Bentley – 73
5. Adelphi – 65
6. American International – 58
7. Le Moyne – 35
8. Saint Michael's – 33
9. Franklin Pierce – 30
10. Assumption – 29
11. Saint Anselm – 17