Row 1 (L-R): Fredrik Bjerke, Trym Nagelstad, Dalen Klassen, Matteo Giudici.
Row 2 (L-R): Assistant Coach Ron Lane, Head Coach Tim Smith, Joseph Dube, Joe Motta, Jacob Solly, Joris Van Eck, Billy Bishop, Assistant Coach Dr. Elliot Sussin, Lorenzo Rossi, Will Reznek.
Head Coach: Tim Smith
Assistant Coaches: Dr. Elliot Sussin, Ron Lane
Overall Record: 17-4 MAAC Record: 6-0
MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Lorenzo Rossi
MAAC Player of the Year: Dalen Klassen
MAAC Rookie of the Year: Fredrik Bjerke
All-MAAC First Team Singles: Lorenzo Rossi, #1; Dalen Klassen, #2; Joris Van Eck,#4;
All-MAAC First Team Doubles: Billy Bishop/Dalen Klassen, #1.
All-MAAC Second Team Singles: Will Reznek, #3.
All-MAAC Second Team Doubles: Fredrik Bjerke/Trym Nagelstad, #2;
MAAC All-Academic Team: Joseph Dube, Lorenzo Rossi, Jacob Solly, Joris Van Eck
The Marist Men’s Tennis team won their fifth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in the past six years with a 4-2 win over second-seeded Fairfield at Mercer County Park. It marks the tenth overall MAAC Championship for the men’s tennis program.
Lorenzo Rossi, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, won the decisive point at first singles, won a three-set thriller 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. The top-seeded Red Foxes (17-3, 6-0 MAAC) bounced back after Fairfield took the doubles point, winning four of the five singles’ matches that were completed.
Joris Van Eck started the comeback at fourth singles. He tied the match at one point apiece with an easy 6-0, 6-1 victory. Will Reznek also cruised over his opponent, winning 6-3, 6-1 at third singles to give Marist an overall 2-1 lead in the match. Trym Nagelstad won the third straight point for Marist with a straight set 6-3, 6-2 victory at sixth singles and set things up for Rossi’s clinching win. Dalen Klassen dropped a tough 6-4, 6-3 decision at second singles and Joseph Dube led 7-5, 5-2 at fifth singles, but the matched went unfinished as the overall outcome had already been decided.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The Marist Men’s Tennis team traveled to College Station, Texas for the 2013 NCAA Tournament where the Red Foxes took on the 12th-seed and host Texas A&M. Senior Joris Van Eck became the third Red Fox to win a set in an NCAA Tournament match. The Marist Men’s Tennis team fell 4-0 to the Aggies in the First Round. The match was played at A&M’s George P. Mitchess Tennis Center.
Van Eck ended his Marist career in style, taking the second set over his opponent 6-1, to tie the match at one set apiece. The third set did not start as the overall match had already been decided. Marist ended its season with an overall record of 17-4.