Row 1 (L-R): Assistant Coach Dr. Elliot Sussin, Michael Land, Antonio Oliver, Rhys Hoggs, Captain Loic Sessagesimi, Captain Christian Coley, Nicolas Pisecky, Matt Himmelsbach, Landon Greene, Marcus van Nordheim, Head Coach Tim Smith.
MAAC Championship Recap
On his second match point, junior co-captain Loic Sessagesimi picked up the deciding point in the Marist Men's Tennis 5-2 victory over the top-seeded Fairfield in the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Title match. It was the second consecutive season the Red Foxes and Stags have met in the title match, with Marist winning both. Sessagesimi was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Performer for the second consecutive year. The championship triumph avenged a 5-2 regular season loss to the Stags.
The Red Foxes kicked off the day by winning their third doubles point of the weekend, as Marist notched victories at no. 1 and no. 3. During the first doubles, Marist's team of Christian Coley and Rhys Hobbs remained on serve until 4-4 against Joe Michalisin and Rob Ferrante. In the ninth game of the pro-set, Coley and Hobbs fought to break Ferrante's serve to take a 5-4 lead. Coley and Hobbs went on to win three of the next four games en route to an 8-5 victory. Their victory clinched the doubles point. Sophomores Nicolas Pisecky and Landon Greene took a conventional 8-5 decision. It was their 10th straight doubles victory.
In singles action, Greene was the first Marist player off the court with a victory. He defeated Ryan Berthod, 6-2, 6-2. The win in the title match avenged a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Berthod in the regular season. The next player to notch a win for the Red Foxes was Pisecky during the third singles. He defeated Aaron Gray 6-3, 6-3 to earn Marist its third point of the afternoon. Freshman Matt Himmelsbach completed a perfect MAAC season as he beat Chip Palumbo for the second time that season in a three-set thriller. The final scores were 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. With the win, Marist won its seventh MAAC Championship, and clinched its seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA Tournament Recap
Marist won its seventh MAAC Championship and clinched its seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament where the Red Foxes faced the tenth ranked Florida Gators. The team suffered a crushing 4-0 loss as the Gators proved just too much to handle. Junior Christian Coley was defeated by #23 Carlos Cueto of Florida, 6-1, 6-0. At sixth singles, Matt Himmelsbach was bested by Jeff Dadamo, 6-1, 6-3. In the doubles point, Coley and sophomore Rhys Hobbs fell to the #16 doubles pairing in the nation, Joey Burkhardt and Antoine Benneteau, 8-1. At second doubles Himmelsbach and Sessagesimi fell to Dadamo and Hamui, 8-0. Marist concluded the season with an overall record of 12-4.