Row 1 (L-R): Joris Van Eck, Marcus von Nordheim, Nicolas Pisecky, Michael Land, Ian Sims, Head Coach Tim Smith, Loic Sessagesimi, Matt Himmelsbach, Christian Coley, Rhys Hobbs, Landon Greene, Assistant Coach Dr. Elliot Sussin.
First Team All-MAAC: #1 Singles Christian Coley, #3 Singles Nicolas Pisecky, #4 Singles Matt Himmelsbach, #5 Singles Landon Greene, #6 Singles Marcus von Nordheim, #2 Doubles Christian Coley/Matt Himmelsbach, #3 Doubles Nicolas Pisecky/Loic Sessagesimi
MAAC Championship Recap
Powered by its seventh straight shutout victory, the Marist Men's Tennis team captured its eighth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in 2010, after a 4-0 win over the second-seeded, Fairfield Stags. The Red Foxes won their third consecutive conference title and senior Loic Sessagesimi was named the MAAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Performer for the third consecutive season.
Marist, the top seed in the championship, vaulted itself to a 1-0 lead after it captured the doubles point behind victories at the first and third spots in the lineup. Junior Landon Greene paired with freshman Joris Van Eck defeat Dan Sauter and Rob Ferrante 8-4 at first doubles. The Red Foxes captured the point after junior Nicolas Pisecky and senior Loic Sessagesimi also notched an 8-4 third doubles triumph.
Needing just three singles victories to clinch the win, the Red Foxes got wins from Pisecky and Himmelsbach for the second straight day. Pisecky cruised past Ferrante during the third singles, 6-1, 6-2. Himmelsbach was the only Marist player to hold his opponent at love in a set on the day. He defeated Berthod 6-3, 6-0 in the fourth singles. Greene netted a fifth singles victory over Kremheller 6-2, 6-2. With the win, Marist advanced to its eighth NCAA Tournament by virtue of the automatic qualification.
NCAA Tournament Recap
Marist went on to compete in the 2010 NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament against the defending champion, fifth ranked USC Trojans. The Red Foxes fought hard but fell 4-0. After the second ranked doubles team in the nation of Robert Farah and Steve Johnson shutout Marist's Landon Greene and Joris Van Eck at the top spot in the lineup, the second and third pairings for the Red Foxes hung tough in tightly contested matches.
In singles action, the Trojans entered the match with four of their six singles players ranked in the top-125. Farah, ranked ninth nationally, disposed of Coley in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. The match was tied at two all before Farah rattled off ten straight games to take the first singles match.
Van Eck lost in the fourth singles to Matt Kecki, 6-1, 6-2. Sessgesimi lost his first match in NCAA Tournament play. He fell to number ranked three, Johnson, 6-0, 6-3 at second singles, for the fourth point of the day to end the match. Marist concluded the season with an overall record of 14-6.