Men's Tennis Takes on Southern New Hampshire in NE-10 Championship Saturday


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's tennis team is back in action, as the Warriors host second seeded Southern New Hampshire in the Northeast-10 Championship finals on Saturday morning at Northeast Tennis Center. First serve is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

The Basics:

Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
Records: #1 Merrimack (13-7) | #2 Southern New Hampshire (17-5)
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 – 11:30 a.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.

Last Time Out

Men's tennis defeated fourth seeded Adelphi Thursday evening, 5-1, in the Northeast-10 Championship semifinals.

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.

The Warriors:

  • C. Barnhart, Belfort and Bellino have tallied a record of 12-6 in dual match singles play this season.
  • J. Barnhart holds a 10-6 record while Pronesti is 10-9 and 8-2 in conference play.
  • Belfort and Pronesti are ranked No. 16 and No. 18 in the ITA East rankings, respectively.
  • In doubles C. Barnhart and Pronesti are 15-3 at No. 1 in dual matches and 17-3 overall.

Scouting the SNHU Penmen:

  • The Penmen are ranked sixth in the most recent NCAA East Region rankings.
  • Mike Wallace has posted a 17-3 dual match mark playing primarily at No. 3 singles.
  • Mitch Dobek (No. 1, 17-5) and Juan Arango-Campo (No. 2, 17-4) have also been strong at the top of the lineup
  • Mark Dobek (No. 6, 12-8) is ranked No. 14 in the East Region by the ITA.


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