POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men's tennis team has been rewarded for its strong play so far this fall as eight Red Foxes will compete at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament in New Haven, Conn. this weekend, Oct. 18-21. Five individual will compete in singles while as many as three doubles' combinations will also be in action.
The tournament consists of a main draw of 96 singles with a pre-qualifying tournament of 32 with the top eight advancing to the main draw. There is also a 64-team doubles' draw.
Juniors Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) and Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) both qualified for the main draw based on their play last spring and this fall. Rossi, the two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year, is 5-4 so far this fall in Marist's three tournaments. Reznek was named to the All-MAAC First Team last season in the fourth singles' position following a 12-7 spring. He is 2-5 so far this fall.
Additionally, Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands), Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) and Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) will all compete in the pre-qualifying tournament. Van Eck is 6-3 this fall while Klassen and Dube have put up superb numbers this fall. Klassen is 8-2, including a six-match winning streak that saw him win his singles' flight at the USTA Invitational. Dube, coming off of his MAAC Rookie of the Year award last season, started the fall 10-0, winning his singles' flight championships at the Brown Invitational and USTA Invitational. Last year, Dube won his two pre-qualifying matches to advance to the main draw, where he won again to advance to the Round of 64.
In doubles, the duos of Klassen and Billy Bishop (Houston, Texas) as well as Van Eck and Rossi both qualified for the main draw. The combination of Reznek and freshman Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) also qualified as the third alternate pair. Klassen and Bishop, an All-MAAC Second Team selection last year, are 4-2 thus far this fall. Van Eck and Rossi, who were also named to the Second Team last season, are 4-3 this year. Reznek and Nagelstad are 2-1 as a pairing this fall, but Nagalestad has missed considerable time due to injury.
"This is the greatest amount of players we have ever gotten in the ITA's. I'm happy to have gotten seven different players in the tournament," Marist Head Coach Tim Smith said. "It behooves us to play good tournaments, but looking forward, it seems we will have to play even better tournaments to get players in the main draw. I say this because Dube has a 10-1 record and Klassen is 8-2, therefore I thought that would be a strong indicator they would get in the main draw."
The Red Foxes will compete in their first dual match of the season on Tuesday at the University of Connecticutt. They will then travel to New Haven for the Regional tournament Thursday through Sunday.