WARRIORS ADVANCE TO NE-10 CHAMPIONSHIP AND FACE THE NO. 2 SEED SNHU SATURDAY
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The first seeded Merrimack College men's tennis team defeated No. 4 seed Adelphi University, 5-1, in the Northeast-10 Championship semifinal round Thursday evening at the Northeast Tennis Center. The Warriors will advance to the Championship for the third-straight season, and improve to 13-7, while the Panthers drop to 11-7 on the season.
Score: Merrimack 5, Adelphi 1
Records: #1 Merrimack (13-7) | #4 Adelphi (11-7)
Location: 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 1, at #1 Merrimack 5
Match 4: #3 Bentley 1, #2 Southern New Hampshire 5
Saturday, April 26 – Championship
Match 5: #2 Southern New Hampshire at #1 Merrimack – 1 p.m.
Merrimack held a 2-1 lead after doubles action. At No.1, sophomore Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) eased to a 8-1 victory, while at No. 2, sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) prevailed with an 8-2 win. Adelphi's Chiwete Njokanma and Justin Vjunqco rallied for a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles over freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.).
The Warriors came out strong in singles play, taking the next three points to clinch advancement. Pronesti made it 3-1 with his 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win over Sander Brenner at No. 1, while C. Barnhart posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 over Ryan Villarruel. Belfort clinched the match with his 6-0, 6-7, 6-1 win over Sebastian Zapata at No. 2.
1. Matt Pronesti/Chris Barnhart (MER) def. Ryan Villarruel/Sebastian Zapata (ADE) 8-1
2. Miguel Belfort/Vince Bellino (MER) def. U. Litvinchuk/Sander Brenner (ADE) 8-2
3. Chiwete Njokanma/Justin Vijunqco (ADE) def. James Barnhart/Nick Majewski (MER) 9-7
1. Matt Pronesti (MER) def. Sander Brenner (ADE) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
2. Miguel Belfort (MER) def. Sebastian Zapata (ADE) 6-0, 6-7, 6-1
3. Chris Barnhart (MER) def. Ryan Villarruel (ADE) 6-0, 6-0
"We played very well today, especially in the three singles matches," said head coach Pete Arsenault. "I am very proud of the way this team competed today and all year long."
Merrimack returns to action, Saturday, April 26th, as the Warriors host the second seeded Southern New Hampshire Penmen in the Northeast-10 Championship. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. at North Andover High School.