WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Marist men’s tennis team eased to a 4-0 victory over Loyola in the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships on Saturday. The top seeded Red Foxes advanced to Sunday’s championship match against second-seeded Fairfield.
Marist (16-3, 6-0 MAAC) swept the doubles point with a pair of 8-2 victories at first and third doubles. The pairings of Billy Bishop (Houston, Texas) and Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) and Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) and Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) cruised past their respective opponents. Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) and Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) were winning 7-2 at the second position, but the match went unfinished as the point was already decided.
Van Eck gave the Red Foxes a 2-0 lead in the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win at third singles.
Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) got the third point for Marist with an easy 6-1, 6-0 win at the fourth spot.
Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-0 win at second singles.
Klassen, Nagelstad and Bishop were all about to close out victories in their respective singles’ matches, but chose not to finish with the outcome of the match already decided.
“I was very pleased with the way our guys took business today,” Head Coach Tim Smith said. “Winning 4-0 gave them a good chance to get some good matches in and not stay out on the courts for too long, which should hopefully help us out tomorrow.”
Marist and Fairfield will meet for the sixth consecutive year in the championship match at 2 p.m on Sunday. The Red Foxes won four titles in a row over the Stags from 2008-11 before Fairfield upset Marist in last year’s match.
Klassen (Marist) vs. Gorczakowski (LOY): 6-2, 5-2 unfinished
Reznek (Marist) def. Kunkel (LOY): 6-2, 6-0
Van Eck (Marist) def. Pietrak (LOY): 6-1, 6-1
Dube (Marist) def. Kuchta (LOY): 6-1, 6-0
Nagelstad (Marist) vs. Lisco (LOY): 6-1, 5-2 unfinished
Bishop (Marist) vs. Olesnycky (LOY): 6-2, 4-2
Klassen/Bishop (Marist) def. Gorczakowski/Pietrak (LOY): 8-2
Bjerke/Nagelstad (Marist) vs. Kunkel/Lisco (LOY) 7-2 unfinished
Van Eck/Rossi (Marist) def. Kuchta/Olesnycky (LOY): 8-2