Men’s Tennis Opens Up Spring Season on Sunday at Boston University


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's tennis team will kick off the spring season on Sunday, Feb. 16 as they travel to Boston, Mass. to take on Boston University at the Track and Tennis Center.

The Basics
Game:  Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 | 12 p.m.
Merrimack (3-1, 2-0 NE-10) | Boston University (1-4, 0-0 PL)
 Track and Tennis Center | Boston, Mass.

The Season So Far:
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. Merrimack was selected to finish first in the 2014 Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll for the second time in program history this year. 

The Warriors spent the fall season prepping against some of the top competition in the Northeast region, as Merrimack participated in the Brown Invitational, the ITA East Regional, UCONN and Niagara Duals. In between these competitions, the Warriors participated in four duals matches and finished the fall season with two victories over Northeast-10 Conference opponents Assumption College and Le Moyne.

Merrimack is led by senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) who owns a 4-1 and 3-1 records in singles action. The doubles pair of C. Barnhart and sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) paces the Warriors with an unbeaten doubles record of 6-0 through the fall. Freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) is currently second in singles with a dual record of 3-0, best on the team.

The Warriors:

  • Overall, the Warriors have posted an overall record of 20-12 in singles and 13-4 in doubles.
  • Junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) and Pronesti own a 3-2 overall record in singles action respectively through the fall.
  • In the singles No. 3 spot the team is undefeated with a 4-0 record.
  • C. Barnhart and Pronesti currently lead the No. 1 doubles spot with a 4-0 record.

Scouting the Boston Terriers:

  • The Terriers are coming off a 7-0 loss at No. 63 Dartmouth on Friday evening before returning home for a three-match home stand.
  • Jay Leelavanich leads the Terriers with an overall record of9-1 while posting a 2-1 record in duals.
  • As a team, the Terriers have a .517 overall percentage and a .286 dual percentage.
  • Jesse Frieder and C. Varapongsittikul leads doubles with a 4-2 overall record and a 0-1 record in the No. 1 spot.


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