Men's Tennis Hosts Adelphi in NE-10 Championship Semifinals Thursday Evening


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Aiming for its third-straight Northeast-10 Conference Championship, the Merrimack College men's tennis team hosts fourth seeded Adelphi University in the NE-10 Championship Semifinals on Thursday evening at Northeast Tennis Center. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Basics
Game:  Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 4 pm
 #1 Merrimack (12-7) | #4 Adelphi (11-6)
 Northeast Tennis Center | Middleton, Mass.

2014 Northeast-10 Championship Schedule/Results
Tuesday, April 22 – First Round
Match 1: #3 Bentley 5, #6 Assumption 0
Match 2: #4 Adelphi 5, #5 Stonehill 2

Thursday, April 24 – Semifinals
Match 3: #4 Adelphi at #1 Merrimack - 2:00 p.m.
Match 4: #3 Bentley at #2 Southern New Hampshire - 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 26 – Championship
Match 5: at highest remaining seed - 1:00 p.m.

Match Protocol

Three doubles matches shall be played first (an 8 game pro set, with a 12 point tie- breaker at 8-all) for one team point each, followed by six (6) singles matches each valued at one team point, played best of three sets. Regular scoring and a twelve (12) point tiebreaker at six games all will be used.

The team reaching 5 (five) team points shall be the determined the winner. 

Players must be ready to play singles within ten (10) minutes after completion of their doubles match.

This Season against 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.

The Warriors:

  • Merrimack ranks fifth in the East Regional rankings in front of Southern New Hampshire (7), Bentley (8), Stonehill (9) and Adelphi (10).
  • Merrimack finished with a perfect 10-0 record this season, earning their fourth straight NE-10 Regular season crown, and finished 9-0 last season. 
  • C. Barnhart and Pronesti closed out the regular season going 10-0 in No. 1 doubles as well as ranks fourth in doubles in the East Regional Team Rankings
  • J. Barnhart finished the season for the Warriors with an overall conference mark of 7-1 while compiling a 3-0 conference mark in No. 5 singles.

Scouting the Adelphi Panthers:

  • The Panthers compiled a 10-6 overall record and recorded an 8-2 record in conference play to secure the No. 4 seed for the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference Tournament.
  • Uladzislau Litvinchuk and Sander Brenner recorded a 7-1 overall record at the position on the season, and won their last five regular-season doubles matches.
  • Litvinchum was named NE-10 Rookie of the Year as well as named to the All-Rookie team and First Team.
  • Justin Vijungco led the team with an overall record of 12-3 while finishing the season with a 9-0 conference mark and a 12-1 mark in No. 6 singles.


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