Men's Tennis Enters MAAC Championships As Top Seed, Searching For 10th Title
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Marist men’s tennis team will travel to Mercer County Park this weekend to compete in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships. The top-seeded Red Foxes are searching for their 10th MAAC Championship title overall and fourth in the past five years.
Marist (15-3, 6-0 MAAC) will take on fourth-seeded Loyola (11-6, 3-3 MAAC) in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. Second-seeded Fairfield will play third-seeded Niagara in the other semifinal with the two winners from Saturday’s matches playing at 2 p.m. on Sunday for the championship.
The joint MAAC Tennis and Rowing Awards Show will take place on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. Along with the presentation of the Regular Season Championship trophy, the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year awards will be handed out. The All-MAAC First and Second Teams and All-Academic Teams will also be announced.
All four games and Friday’s banquet will be streamed live on MAAC.TV.
In their only matchup this season with Loyola, the Red Foxes swept the Greyhounds by a 7-0 score on April 14 at the Marist Tennis Pavilion. Marist eased through the doubles’ matches, winning all three by a combined score of 24-5. The Red Foxes continued to cruise through the singles’ matches, not allowing the Greyhounds to win more than two games in any set.
For the season, Marist clinched its fifth consecutive MAAC Regular Season Championship with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play, completing the program’s fourth straight undefeated conference season. Marist won 10 of its final 11 matches, including the final eight in a row and finished the spring with a perfect 8-0 record in home matches. The Red Foxes have had several outstanding individual performances this year, led by 31 singles’ victories from sophomore Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.). Additionally, junior Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) has 23 singles wins on the season and senior Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) has won a career-high 20 matches. Klassen has teamed up with senior Billy Bishop (Houston, Texas) to accumulate 14 wins at doubles this season, including seven when playing at the top position in dual matches. The Red Foxes have been boosted by the arrival of two Norwegian freshmen, Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) and Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway). The duo have combined for 19 singles wins and have paired together to go 8-5 as doubles’ partners in their first season at Marist.