FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In a matchup that has been the past five Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship matches, the Marist men’s tennis team got revenge for last season’s title loss, defeating Fairfield 5-2.

Fairfield took the early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point despite a hard fought 8-5 win at first doubles by Billy Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.).

Marist (13-3, 4-0 MAAC) bounced back quickly by winning the next three points in singles. Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) evened the match at one with a 6-3, 6-1 at third singles. Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) put together a good win at first singles, defeating his opponent 6-1, 6-2 to give the Red Foxes the overall lead 2-1. Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) padded the lead to 3-1 with a straight set 6-2, 6-2 win at fourth singles.

After the Stags pulled to within 3-2 with a win a second singles, Marist took the final two singles’ matches to seal the win

Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway), filling in for Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) who was out with illness and usually plays at third singles for the Red Foxes, clinched the Marist victory with a 6-4, 6-4 win at sixth singles. Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) overcame a first set loss at fifth singles to come back and for a good three set win, defeat his opponent 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) to give Marist its fifth point of the afternoon.

“I had mentioned after our last match that we were starting to peak, and we certainly did today in singles,” head coach Tim Smith said. “Kudos to Billy and Dalen for their win in the first doubles and we will work on our second and third pairings. It was an exciting match and worth the wait through a 30 minute rain delay to start. The Norwegian duo of Bjerke and Nagelstad really came through in their singles as Trym stepped up for Will Reznek who missed today with illness.

Tuesday’s Results

Rossi (Marist) def. Tesmond (FFD): 6-1, 6-2
Tioutine (FFD) def. Klassen (Marist): 6-3, 6-3
Van Eck (Marist) def. Kremeller (FFD): 6-3, 6-1
Dube (Marist) def. Zlobinsky (FFD): 6-2, 6-2
Bjerke (Marist) def. Solomon (FFD): 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)
Nagelstad (Marist) def. Amyot (FFD): 6-4, 6-4

Bishop/Klassen (Marist) def. Zlobinsky/Solomon (FFD): 8-5
Tesmond/Amyot (FFD) def. Bjerke/Nagelstad (Marist): 8-5
Tioutine/Kremeller (FFD) def. Van Eck/Rossi (Marist): 8-5

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