February 22, 2014

Men's Tennis Suffers 8-1 Loss at Non-Conference Foe Concordia Saturday

WARRIORS DROP TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE MATCH TO CLIPPERS SATURDAY AFTERNOON

BRONXVILLE, N.Y.– The Merrimack College men's tennis team dropped a 8-1 decision at No. 6 Concordia (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Warriors drop to 3-3 overall and Concordia improves to 2-0.

The Basics
Score: #6 Concordia 8, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (3-3, 2-0 NE-10) | Concordia (N.Y.) (2-0, 0-0 CACC)
Location: Meyers Tennis Center| Bronxville, N.Y.


How It Happened

The Warriors did not pick up a point in singles action all day long as sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) was defeated in No. 1 singles by the score of 6-1, 6-1. The best chance the Warriors had to pick up a singles point was in No. 4 singles. Freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) played well, but was defeated by Ofir Ginat by the score of 6-3, 6-2.

Sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) picked up Merrimack's lone double victory of the afternoon. The duo prevailed with a 8-6 result at the No. 1 position. Junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) and J. Barnhart were edged 8-2 at the second slot, while Belfort and freshman Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) endured an 8-4 loss at the third double spot.

A Closer Look

Singles
1. #4 Juuso Ojanen (CND-NY) def. Miguel Belfort (MER) 6-1, 6-1
2. #18 Benas Majauskas (CND-NY) def. Matt Pronesti (MER) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-4)
3. #5 Daniele Pikudu (CND-NY) def. Chris Barnhart (MER) 6-1, 6-0
4. Ofir Ginat (CND-NY) def. James Barnhart (MER) 6-3, 6-2
5. Rafael Ferreira (CND-NY) def. Vince Bellino (MER) 6-3, 6-1
6. Pulat Babadjanov (CND-NY) def. Nick Majewski (MER) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:
1. Matt Pronesti/Chris Barnhart (MER) def. #1 Benas Majauskas/Daniele Pikudu (CND-NY) 8-6
2. #25 Juuso Ojanen/Pulat Babadjanov (CND-NY) def. Vince Bellino/James Barnhart (MER) 8-2
3. Rafael Ferreira/Ricardo Frey (CND-NY) def. Miguel Belfort/Nick Majewski (MER) 8-4

What They Said

 "We battled today against a really good team. We were close in some matches which shows our determination," said head coach Peter Arsenault. "Today's match will prepare us for the upcoming matches against quality opponents." 

Up Next
The Warriors return to action on Sunday, Feb. 23 when they travel to Manchester, N.H. to take on Northeast-10 opponent Saint Anselm. Match is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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