March 30, 2014

Men's Tennis Edges Adelphi, 6-3, Sunday Afternoon in Garden City, N.Y.

WARRIORS REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN NORTHEAST-10 ACTION WITH WIN OVER PANTHERS

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Merrimack College men's tennis team claimed a 6-3 Northeast-10 Conference victory over Adelphi University Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Warriors improve to 8-6 overall while remaining undefeated (6-0) in conference play.

The Basics
Score:  Merrimack 6, Adelphi 3
Records: Merrimack (8-6, 6-0) | Adelphi (5-5, 4-1)
Location: Garden City, N.Y.

How it Happened vs. Adelphi

Merrimack was able to pick up all three points in doubles action on Sunday afternoon against the Panthers.

Sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) defeated Sebastian Zapata and Ryan Villarruel by the score of 8-4 in No. 1 doubles action. Sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) cruised to an 8-2 victory in the No. 2 doubles match. Freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Nick Majewski (Longmeadow, Mass.) wrapped up doubles action with an 8-5 win.

The Warriors captured three of the six singles matches to seal the Northeast-10 conference victory.

Belfort dominated in No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Sander Brenner before Pronesti defeated Villarruel at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-4. Bellino picked up the Warriors sixth point of the afternoon with an 8-2 win against Zapata. However, Adelphi closed out the match with wins in No. 4 singles, No. 5 singles and No. 6 singles, respectively.

Results

Doubles
1. Pronesti/C. Barhart (MER) def. Zapata/Villarruel (AU) 8-4
2. Belfort/Bellino (MER) def. Brenner/Litvinchuk (AU) 8-2
3. J. Barnhart/Majewski (MER) def. Njokanma/Vijungco (AU) 8-5

Singles
1. Belfort (MER) def. Sander Brenner (AU) 6-0, 6-2
2. Pronesti (MER) def. Ryan Villarruel (AU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Bellino (MER) def. Sebastian Zapata (AU) 8-2
4. Uladzislau Litvinchuk (AU) def. J. Barnhart (MER) 8-2
5. Chiwete Njokanma (AU) def. Majewski (MER) 7-7 (10-8)
6. Justin Vijungco (AU) def. Tayyab Sheikh (MER) 8-4

What they Said

"This was an extremely important match for us against one of the top teams in the conference," said head coach Peter Arsenault. "I was really pleased with our effort and how we battled all day."

Northeast-10 Rankings
**top five teams selected for postseason

T1. Bentley (6-0)
T1. Merrimack (6-0)
3. Stonehill (5-1)
T4. Southern N.H. (4-1)
T4. Adelphi (4-1)
6. Le Moyne (3-5)
7. Assumption (1-4)
8. Franklin Pierce (1-5)
9. American Int'l (0-2)
10. Saint Anselm (0-5)
11. Saint Michael's (0-6)

Up Next

The Warriors return to action Friday, April 4th, when they take on Northeast-10 Conference rival Southern New Hampshire. First match is scheduled 3 p.m.

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