April 6, 2014

Men’s Tennis Blanks Bentley, Remains Unbeaten in NE-10 Action

WARRIORS SWEEP FALCONS IN NE-10 BATTLE SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN WALTHAM, MASS.

WALTHAM, Mass. – In the battle of the two unbeaten Northeast-10 teams, the Merrimack College men's tennis team swept Bentley University, 9-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Bentley Tennis Courts in Waltham, Mass.

The Basics
Game: Merrimack 9, Bentley 0
Records: Merrimack (9-7, 7-0) | Bentley (9-6, 7-1)
Location: Bentley Tennis Courts | Waltham, Mass.

How it Happened:

Merrimack claimed all three doubles points to hold a 3-0 lead at the beginning of singles action.

Sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.)and senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) captured an 8-6 win for Merrimack in the No. 1 match against Kamil Pilch and Alex DeMuth. The No. 2 duo of junior Vince Bellino(Amesbury, Mass.) and sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) followed with an 8-3 win against Sam Frye and Jimmy Rindo. Freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) concluded doubles play with an 8-4 victory in the No. 3 match.

With a 3-0 overall lead after doubles, the Warriors would look towards singles play to extend their lead. Pronesti would take care of Rindo in the No. 1 match, 6-7, 6-0, 10-8, while Belfort secured a 6-3, 6-1 win in the No. 2 match. Bellino would conclude the first set of singles matches with an 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 3 match.

Bellino would capture a 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 victory in his No. 4 match against Chase Rose while J. Barnhart took a 6-4, 6-2 win over Evan Chomka. Majewski concluded the match with an 6-3, 6-4 victory in the No. 6 match as the Warriors swept the Falcons 9-0.

Results
Doubles
1. Matt Pronesti/Chris Barnhart (MER) def. Kamil Pilch/Alex DeMuth (BEN) 8-6
2. Miguel Belfort/Vince Bellino (MER) def. Sam Frye/Jimmy Rindo (BEN) 8-3
3. James Barnhart/Nick Majewski (MER) def. Andrew Waddington/Chase Rosa (BEN) 8-4

Singles
1. Matt Pronesti (MER) def. Jimmy Rindo (BEN) 6-7, 6-0, 10-8
2. Miguel Belfort (MER) def. Andrew Waddington (BEN) 6-3, 6-1
3. Chris Barnhart (MER) def. Kamil Pilch (BEN) 6-0, 6-1
4. Vince Bellino (MER) def. Chase Rosa (BEN) 6-3, 4-6, 10-4
5. James Barnhart (MER) def. Evan Chomka (BEN) 6-4, 6-2
6. Nick Majewski (MER) def. Alex DeMuth (BEN) 6-3, 6-4

Northeast-10 Standings

1. Merrimack (7-0)


T2. So. New Hampshire (7-1)


T2. Bentley (7-1)


4. Adelphi (5-1)


5. Stonehill (5-3)


6. Le Moyne (4-5)


7. Assumption (3-4)


8. Franklin Pierce (2-6)


9. Saint Michael's (1-7)


10. American Int'l (0-6)


11. Saint Anselm (0-7)


What They Said
""We played extremely well today in all aspects and I am very proud of the way we battled," said head coach Peter Arsenault. "I am pleased with our efforts lately and we will look to keep things going in the positive direction." 

Up Next

The Warriors return to action tomorrow (April 7), when they travel back up to Manchester, N.H. to finish the dual match against Southern New Hampshire University. Merrimack held a 4-2 lead over the Penmen and the game was postponed due to rain.

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