Sitting: Martin Aldorsson, Pat Hofer, Dave Slater, Viktor Sapezhnikov
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist College Men's Tennis team won their fifth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship, as they defeated second-seed Niagara, 5-1, in the finals at the USTA Tennis Center in Flushing New York. This was the fifth year in a row that Marist finished unbeaten in conference play.
Marist won all of the singles matches in the event, led by Hofer at number one singles, as he defeated Jonathan Bozanich 6-1, 6-2. Hagen avenged a regular season loss to Eric Garcia by winning easily, 6-1, 6-1 at number two. At number four, Santucci won in straight sets over Jason Pope, 6-2, 6-4, while Aldorsson captured a 6-1, 6-3 win over Jason Ramos at number five singles. Michael Nassif picked up a win at number six with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Kris Hrisovulos.
Marist Head Coach Tim Smith was named MAAC Coach of the Year, while Hofer received the Dr. Joseph Grassi Award, which goes to the most outstanding player of the tournament, for the third year in a row.
NCAA Tournament Recap
With the MAAC championship victory, the Red Foxes received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Marist was matched against the 15th seeded Alabama Crimson Tide in the first round. The team dropped a 4-0 decision to the Tide. It was Marist’s fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Alabama captured the doubles point with a pair of convincing wins. Patrick Hofer and Martin Aldorsson fell to Maxim Belski and Chris Gostek, 8-2, while Chris Hagen and Mark Santucci were defeated by Stephen Mitchell and Bradley Friedman, 8-1. In number one singles, Hofer fell to Belski, 6-0, 6-1, while at number two, Hagen lost in straight sets to Mitchell, 6-2, 6-0.
Aldorsson played at number five singles against Christian Brodersen and dropped the first set, 6-1, before having his match stopped with the score tied at 2-2 in the second set, while Michael Nassif fell in straight sets to Michael Ray Pallares, 6-0, 6-0. The Red Foxes finished the year at 22-3, which was a program record for wins in a single season, and completed the year with a perfect finish of 9-0 in the MAAC conference.