Row 2: Alex Ilchenko, Chris Garabaldi, Martin Aldorsson, Pat Dahnert, David Slater, Pat Hofer, Head Coach Tim Smith
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist College Men's Tennis team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title with a 7-0 sweep of Niagara University in the championship match held at the USTA National Tennis Center. The Red Foxes were awarded many accolades which included Patrick Hofer and Head Coach Tim Smith. Hofer won the Dr. Joseph Grassi Award for Most Outstanding Male Player for the second consecutive year, while Smith received Men's Coach of the Year honors.
The Red Foxes nabbed the doubles point with victories at number one and two doubles. The number one doubles team of Hofer and Martin Aldorsson defeated Jonathan Bozanich and Mike Kelly, 8-1. At number two doubles Michael Sowter and David Slater won easily over Tom Rees and John Abella, 8-1.
In singles action, Hofer topped Bozanich at number one singles, 6-4, 6-3. At number two singles Sowter defeated Kelly, winning the first set 6-2 and the second set by default. At number three singles Slater won over Jason Pope, 6-1, 6-1. At number four singles Aldorsson beat Kristoffer Hrisovulos, 6-2, 6-1. At number five singles Viktor Sapezhnikov won against Rees, 6-2, 6-2. At number six singles Patrick Dahnert won easily against Abella, 6-0, 6-1. The Red Foxes went unbeaten in conference matches during the 2002 season.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The Red Foxes would go on to battle Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament. The men's tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to host Harvard at the Beren Tennis Center. The Red Foxes were leading in the number 1 doubles match in early action, but play was suspended after the Crimson captured wins of 8-2 and 8-0 in the number 2 and number 3 doubles contests, giving Harvard a 1-0 lead.
Pat Dahnert, who made his fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, gave the Red Foxes their best effort of the afternoon in the number six singles match. He fell in two sets to Chris Chiou, but captured five games in those two sets, falling 6-4 and 6-1. Michael Sowter also had a strong showing in the number two singles for Marist, falling 6-3 and 6-0. Viktor Sapezhnikov fell 6-0, 6-0 in the number five singles match, giving Harvard the needed four points to capture the team match.
Pat Hofer, at number one singles, David Slater, at number three singles, and Martin Aldorsson, at number five singles all had their matches suspended after the completion of the other three singles contest. It was the Red Foxes’ fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, having won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship for the fourth straight time.