POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men's tennis team won a rematch of the past four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships, defeating Fairfield 4-3 Thursday afternoon at the Marist Tennis Pavilion.

After the Stags swept the doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead, Marist (8-5, 3-0 MAAC) took the next four points in singles action to secure the win. Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) came back from an early 4-1 deficit in the first set at the first singles position to win the decisive fourth point, 6-4, 6-2.

Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada), Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) and Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) all easily defeated their respective opponents in singles competition.

With the overall match already in hand, Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) and Matt Himmelsbach (Longmeadow, Mass.) lost tough three-set matches to their opponents at the second and third singles spots, respectively.

"I like the way our guys competed at singles today, but we have a long way to go with our doubles," Marist head coach Tim Smith said. "This win puts us in good position to win the conference and have a top seed in the MAAC Tournament."

The Red Foxes will complete their four-match home stand when they host the University of Connecticut in a non-conference match on Tuesday at 3 p.m.


1. Rossi (M) def. Sauter (F): 6-4, 6-2

2. Tesmond (F) def. Van Eck (M): 6-7(5), 6-2, (10-5)

3. Michalisin (F) def. Himmelscbach (M): 6-2, 1-6, 6-2

4. Reznek (M) def. Zlobinsky (F): 6-0, 6-3

5. Dube (M) def. Kremheller (F): 6-1, 6-1

6. Klassen (M) def. Amyot (F): 6-3, 6-1


1. Sauter/Zlobinsky (F) def. Rossi/Himmelsbach (M): 8-2

2. Michalisin/Kremheller (F) def. Bishop/Klassen (M): 8-4

3. Tesmond/Amyot (F) def. Reznek/Van Eck (M): 8-5