POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s tennis team won its seventh consecutive game, sweeping Saint Peter’s 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match at the Marist Tennis Pavilion. The Red Foxes completed their home schedule with a perfect 8-0 record.
Marist (14-3, 5-0 MAAC) started off by sweeping the doubles’ point. Billy Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) won 8-5 at the top position before the pairings of Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) and Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) and Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) and Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) cruised to 8-2 and 8-0 wins at second and third doubles, respectively.
Jacob Solly (Sydney, Australia) kept the Red Foxes in the win column, shutting out his opponent at fourth singles, 6-0, 6-0. Joe Motta (Staten Island, N.Y.) beat his adversary at fifth singles by a comfortable 6-2, 6-0 score.
Bjerke was ahead 3-0 at third singles when his opponent retired, giving Marist the overall victory.
Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 at second singles and Rossi won a tough match at first singles 7-5, 6-1. He came from behind in the first set, overcoming a 5-2 deficit to win the final five games.
Matteo Giudici (Parma, Italy) won by default at sixth singles to complete the scoring.
“Our opponent was a little depleted, with three of their players out with injury, so it was hard to tell how we played,” Marist head coach Tim Smith said. “But we got great matches out of our first and second singles, especially Rossi winning the first set after being down 5-2.”
Marist travels to Niagara on Saturday for the regular season finale at noon. With a win over the Golden Griffins, the Red Foxes will clinch their fourth consecutive undefeated MAAC season and will earn the MAAC Regular Season Championship for the fifth straight season.
1. Rossi (Marist) def. Carrera (SPU): 7-5, 6-1
2. Dube (Marist) def. Knezevic (SPU): 6-2, 6-2
3. Bjerke (Marist) def. Bellomi (SPU): 3-0, won by retirement
4. Solly (Marist) def. Lima (SPU): 6-0, 6-0
5. Motta (Marist) def. Fuller-Hope (SPU): 6-2, 6-0
6. Giudici (Marist) won by default
1. Klassen/Bishop (Marist) def. Carrera/Bellomi (SPU): 8-5
2. Nagelstad/Bjerke (Marist) def. Knezevic/Frakes (SPU): 8-2
3 Van Eck/Rossi (Marist) def. Fuller-Hope/Lima (SPU): 8-0