POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist men’s tennis team clinched a berth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships with a 7-0 win over the Siena Saints Thursday afternoon. The Red Foxes have now won nine straight matches and have improved to 14-2 overall and 5-0 in MAAC play.
The Red Foxes won from all three doubles positions to take the first point in the match. Justin Chanthalangsy and Dylan Fletcher won at the first spot, 6-2. Gianlucca Massa and Carlos Moreno teamed up to win 6-1 and Rudolf Kurz and Christopher Gladden won their match, 6-3.
In singles play, the Red Foxes cruised as well winning all six matches in straight sets. Kurz and Massa won from the first and second positions, respectively. Jan Dernic then clinched the match for the Red Foxes with a 6-0, 6-1 match win over Jace Koretz.
Lars Schouten won from the fourth position over Diego Lebron, 6-2, 6-1, Fletcher won at five over Matt Bellino, 6-1, 6-4, and Gladden prevailed in his match over Geovanny Mendoza, 6-1, 7-5.
“Glad to get to play outside and was happy to see Chris (Gladden) gain his composure and win the second set,” said head coach Tim Smith. “I’m not as concerned with winning these matches 7-0 but more so with how we improve. I thought we got better against Quinnipiac and we’ve remained better but we’re going to need to remain better in order to win the conference championship.”
Marist will get the weekend off before returning home for a non-conference game against Colgate on Tuesday, April 18. The match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Marist Tennis pavilion.
Marist vs Siena
1. Rudolf Kurz (MARM) def. Kirkwood, Cameron (SIE) 6-2, 6-1
2. Gianlucca Massa (MARM) def. Saglia, Alessandro (SIE) 6-1, 6-3
3. Christopher Gladden (MARM) def. Mendoza, Geovanny (SIE) 6-1, 7-5
4. Dylan Fletcher (MARM) def. Bellino, Matt (SIE) 6-1, 6-4
5. Lars Schouten (MARM) def. Lebron, Diego (SIE) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jan Dernic (MARM) def. Koretz, Jace (SIE) 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,6,4,5,3)