Row 2: Rael Jones, Viktor Sapezhnikov, Pat Hofer
MAAC Championship Recap
The Red Foxes clinched one of the 30 automatic bids to the NCAA tournament by winning its third straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in impressive fashion with victories over Iona, Loyola, and Manhattan. Marist was undefeated in conference play throughout the 2000-2001 season with a 9-0 record and accumulated 37 straight victories against MAAC opponents in both regular season and in conference tournament action.
Pat Hofer earned the Dr. Joseph Grassi Award, presented to the Men's Most Outstanding Tennis Player, as voted by the league's head coaches. Hofer finished with a 3-0 record in MAAC Tournament play, registering all three victories in straight sets.
NCAA Tournament Recap
In the NCAA tournament, the Marist men's tennis team made their third straight appearance, as they faced 13th-seeded Louisiana State University in the first round of the tournament. The Red Foxes went down 4-0 to the powerhouse Tigers.
LSU jumped out to an early lead in the match by picking up the doubles points with wins on courts number 1 and 2. The Tigers' 33rd-ranked combination of Dan Kiernan and Sebastian Rutka were victorious on court number 1 over Marist's duo of Patrick Hofer and Michael Sowter, 8-2. Ajay Ramaswami and Anthony Mateljan scored the victory on court two by out-hitting Alex Ilchanko and Victor Sapeznikov, 8-4.
Once in singles play, LSU took over the match en route to the win. Ramaswami beat Hofer, 6-2, 6-0 at number 1 singles. Sanjin Sadovich then downed Sapeznikov at No. 4, 6-2, 6-0 to clinch the victory. Marist finished the season with an overall record of 17-8.