March 19, 2014

Men’s Tennis Wraps Up Florida Trip with 7-2 Loss at #45 Florida Tech

PANTHERS DEFEAT WARRIORS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT DESOTO PARK

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. - The Merrimack College men's tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision at #45 Florida Tech Wednesday afternoon to close out its trip to the Sunshine State. The Warriors sink to 6-6 on the year while the Panther improve to 6-6 overall.

The Basics
Score: #45 Florida Tech 7, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (6-6) | Florida Tech (6-6)
Location: Desoto Park | Satellite Beach, Fla. 

How it Happened

Florida Tech grabbed a pair of victories in doubles play to cling to a 2-1 lead at the start of singles action. Freshman Nick Majewski (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) secured Merrimack's only doubles victory of the day. The Warriors' No. 3 tandem posted an 8-6 win.

Senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) suffered an 8-6 loss at the No. 1 spot while sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) dropped an 8-6 decision at the No. 2 spot.

The Panthers picked up five singles wins to take a 7-2 win over the Warriors.

Bellino logged the visitors' lone victory in singles play against Florida Tech. The junior prevailed 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 5 spot.

James Barnhart triumphed in the first set 6-1 at the fourth spot but the Panther's Daniel Armellino leveled the match with a 7-6 win in the second frame. J. Barnhart suffered a 10-6 loss in the third-set super tiebreaker.

Results
Doubles
1. Hernandez/Ball (FIT) def. C. Barnhart/Pronesti (MER) 8-6
2. Leskovar/Fieldsend (FIT) def. Belfort/Bellino (MER) 8-6
3. Mejweski/J. Barnhart (MER) def. Armellino/Martinez (FIT) 8-6

Singles
1. Hernandez (FIT) def. Pronesti (MER) 6-2, 6-4
2. Leskovar (FIT) def. C. Barnhart (MER) 6-3, 6-1
3. Fieldsend (FIT) def. Belfort (MER) 7-6, 6-1
4. Armellino (FIT) def. J. Barnhart (MER) 1-6, 7-6, 10-6
5. Bellino (MER) def. Ball (FIT) 6-2, 7-5
6. Martinez (FIT) def. Majewski (MER) 6-2, 6-0

What They Said

"Today's match was a tough fought match against a good team," said head coach Pete Arsenault. "Overall, I thought our trip to Florida was successful. We played a lot of quality opponents which will benefit us as the season goes on."

Up Next

The Warriors return to action on Saturday, March 29, when they travel to Flushing, N.Y. to take on Queens (N.Y.) in a non-conference tilt.

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