POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s tennis team responded nicely after a back-breaking loss to Xavier on Friday, defeating Boston University by  6-1 score at the Marist Tennis Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

“This was a very good week for us, winning three of four matches, with Rossi beating first singles’ players from the Atlantic 10, CAA and America East,” head coach Tim Smith said. “We are really looking forward to starting out MAAC matches next week as host Siena, Loyola and Rider.”

The Red Foxes (8-3) started out by taking the doubles’ point, winning two of the three matches. Billy Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) broke out of recent slump to win at the top position, 8-6. Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) and Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland), dominant last year as a doubles’ pairing, regained the magic with an 8-3 win at the third spot.

Rossi continued his strong play into his singles’ match, defeating his opponent at first singles 6-3, 6-4.

Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) and Van Eck both cruised to easy victories at third and fourth singles, winning by scores of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively.

Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) won in a tough two-set decision, 7-5, 6-4 at fifth singles and Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) won his third singles’ match in a row, 6-2, 6-1 at sixth singles.

Arguably the most exciting match of the day did not go in favor of the Red Foxes. At second singles, Klassen played three very tight sets before falling 6-7 (6), 6-4, 10-8 as Boston University earned its only point of the match.

Marist is back in action on Tuesday, April 9 when it opens conference play against Siena. The match is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. and will be played at the Marist Tennis Pavilion.

Saturday’s Results

Rossi (Marist) def. Varapongsittikul (BU): 6-3, 6-4
Friedman (BU) def. Klassen (Marist): 6-7(6), 6-4, 10-8
Reznek (Marist) def. Frieder (BU): 6-2, 6-2
Van Eck (Marist) def. Lemire (BU): 6-1, 6-0
Dube (Marist) def. Teran (BU): 7-5, 6-4
Bjerke (Marist) def. Miller (BU): 6-2, 6-1

Bishop/Klassen (Marist) def. Varapongsittikul/Friedman (BU): 8-6
Lemire/Kopelman (BU) def. Nagelstad/Bjerke (Marist): 8-5
Van Eck/Rossi (Marist) def. Teran/Frieder (BU): 8-3

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