Row 2 (L-R): Nicolas Pisecky, Loic Sessagesimi, Captain Greg Marks, Michael Levenson, Jordan Keen.
MAAC Championship Recap
For the sixth time in program history, the Marist men's tennis team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. The Red Foxes dominated Fairfield from the start en route to a 7-0 shutout at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Sophomore Loic Sessagesimi was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the tournament. Marist got things rolling in doubles action where they took two of three matches to earn the doubles point. Christian Coley and Nicolas Pisecky easily beat Ryan Berthod and Rob Ferronte 8-2 in first doubles. Marks teamed with Sessagesimi for an 8-2 second doubles win in which they scored the first six points of the match.
Coley got the win in first singles over Berthod. He won the first five points of the first set to take the momentum, but Berthod battled back to pull within one. Coley was able to serve for the final point, took back the momentum, and dominated the rest of the match; the score was 6-4, 6-0. Sessagesimi had no trouble in his second singles match with Ferronte. He took control from the start, and executed a perfect game plan in which he applied pressure on every point. He won 6-2, 6-0 and finished an outstanding 3-0 weekend in the tournament.
In third singles, von Nordheim won a thriller in three sets over George Laffey. The rookie won 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-4. The two players were relatively evenly matched and showed no quit throughout. Von Nordheim just made the bigger shots. Pisecky was once again dominated during the fourth singles. He rolled over Balas Szikla 6-2, 6-1. Pisecky was 3-0 on the weekend. Marks won his 13th straight match during the fifth singles over Chip Palumbo, 6-2, 6-4, and concluded with a perfect tournament. Rookie Landon Greene finalized the Marist shutout with a 6-1, 6-2 at sixth singles. Greene completely controlled the action, and it was clear his opponent was overmatched from the start.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The team earned an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament and were matched up against the fifth ranked Ole Miss Rebels. The Marist Men's Tennis team was defeated 4-0 by Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss, the champs of the SEC, won the doubles point and got wins at six, second, and third singles for the 4-0 win.
Jonas Berg and Erling Tveit defeated Nicolas Pisecky and Jack Famiglio 8-1 in first singles. In third doubles Jakob Klaeson and Tucker Vorster defeated Marcus von Nordheim and Landon Greene 8-2.
The three singles matches that were completed for Ole Miss points were at the sixth, second and third slots. Berg defeated Antonio Oliver 6-1, 6-0. Wellermann took von Nordheim 6-3, 6-0 in second singles, and Pisecky dropped his third singles match 6-0, 6-0 to Robbye Poole. Marist finished the season at 14-5 overall and earned their sixth MAAC Title. Senior Greg Marks graduated having won 13 of his last 14 collegiate matches.