Men’s Tennis Bows to Eckerd, Falls at #15 Rollins Tuesday Afternoon


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –  The Merrimack College men's tennis team suffered a 6-3 setback at Division I Eckerd and a 8-1 loss at #15 Rollins Tuesday afternoon. The Warriors slip to 6-5 on the season while the Tritons improve to 3-9 overall and the Tars move to 6-7 with the win.

The Basics
Game 1: Eckerd 6, Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (6-4) | Eckerd (3-9)
Location: Dick Bullard Courts | St. Petersburg, Fla. 

Game 2: #15 Rollins 8, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (6-5) | Rollins (6-7)
Location: Bert W. Martin Tennis Complex | Winter Park, Fla. 

How it Happened: Merrimack vs. Eckerd

Eckerd claimed two of the three doubles matches to grasp a 2-1 lead in the match. Sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) rolled to a 9-7 victory at the No. 1 doubles slot. Junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) and sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) were edged, 8-4, at the second position.

The Tritons captured four singles win to seal the non-conference victory.

Belfort prevailed at the No. 2 spot against Valuiskikh, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Chris Barnhart registered Merrimack's only other singles win of the day, claiming a 6-1, 6-1 decision at the No. 3 spot.

Results: Merrimack vs. Eckerd
1. Pronesti/C. Barnhart (MER) def. Adiyasa/Springfield (ECK)  9-7
2. Felman/Valuiskikh (ECK) def. Bellino/Belfort (MER) 8-4
3. Lewis/Burton (ECK) def. Majewski/J. Barnhart (MER) 8-1

1. Adiyasa (ECK) def. Pronesti (MER) 6-4, 6-4
2. Belfort (MER) def. Valuiskikh (ECK) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
3. C. Barnhart (MER) def. Springfield (ECK) 6-1, 6-1
4. Felman (ECK) def. J. Barnhart (MER) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
5. Burton (ECK) def.  Bellino (MER) 6-0, 7-5
6. Lewis (ECK) def.  Majweski (MER) 2-6, 6-3, 3-6

How it Happened: Merrimack vs. Rollins

In the Warriors' second match of the day, #15 Rollins claimed all three doubles points to hold a 3-0 lead at the beginning of singles action.

Bellino picked up Merrimack's lone point on the day with a 2-6, 7-5, 10-3 win at the No. 5 spot.

Pronesti absorbed a 6-4, 6-4 loss at the No. 1 position while C. Barnhart suffered a 6-0, 6-0 setback against 23rd nationally rank Robin Marchione. Belfort and freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) were defeated in the No. 3 and No. 4 spot, repectively. In the final match of the day, freshman Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) was defeated by a final score of 6-3, 6-1.

Results: Merrimack vs. Rollins
1. #5 Will Kwok/Jason Alabaster (RCM) def. C. Barnhart/Pronesti (MER) 8-3
2. Adrian Di Felice/Cooper Maxwell (RCM) def. Belfort/Bellino (MER) 8-3
3. Ari Davis/Jacobo Herrero (RCM) def. Majewski/Barnhart (MER) 8-3

1. Will Kwok (RCM) def. Pronesti (MER) 6-4, 6-4
2. #23 Robin Marchione (RCM) def. C. Barnhart (MER) 6-0, 6-0
3. Adrian Di Felice (RCM) def. Belfort (MER) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
4. Ari Davis (RCM) def. J. Barnhart (MER) 6-0, 6-1
5. Bellino (MER) def. Cooper Maxwell (RCM) 2-6, 7-5, 10-3
6. Michael Schweizer (RCM) def. Majewski (MER) 6-3, 6-1

What They Said

"I was very pleased with our effort and intensity levels. We faced some adversity but I thought we battled hard and played well," said head coach Pete Arsenault.

Up Next

Merrimack will close out in its trip to the Sunshine State, March 19 at Florida Tech. First match is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.


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