Men's Tennis Set For Friday's NCAA Tournament Matchup With #12 Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - The Marist men’s tennis team travels to College Station, Texas for the 2013 NCAA Tournament where the Red Foxes will take on 12th-seeded and host Texas A&M in the First Round. The match will be played on Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m. ET at the Aggies’ Mitchell Tennis Center. The winner of the Marist-Texas A&M match will advance to the Second Round to play the winner of Texas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. That Second Round match will take place on Saturday, May 11, also in College Station.
This is Marist’s 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament, all coming in the past 16 years under Head Coach Tim Smith. It is the fifth time in the past six years that the Red Foxes have advanced to the field of 64.
The Red Foxes enter the NCAA Tournament having won their past 10 matches. Included in that winning streak is a perfect 6-0 mark against MAAC opponents, giving Marist an overall winning streak of 24 matches in conference regular season play. The Red Foxes also defended their home court to perfection, going undefeated this season in eight matches played at the Marist Tennis Pavilion.
Tickets are available for reserved and general admission seating at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Athletic Ticket Office can be reached at 1-888-99-AGGIE.
Covered Courtside/Stadium Club (All Session) $12
Covered Courtside/Stadium Club (Single Day) $7
GA Adult (Single Day) $5
GA Student/Youth (Single Day) $3
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HOW THEY GOT HERE
Marist clinched its berth into the NCAA Tournament by defeating Fairfield 4-2 in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship on April 28.
The top-seeded Red Foxes (17-3, 6-0 MAAC) bounced back after Fairfield took the doubles point, winning four of the five singles’ matches that were completed.
Joris Van Eck (Ospel, The Netherlands) started the comeback at fourth singles, tying the match at one point apiece with an easy 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) also cruised over his opponent, winning 6-3, 6-1 at third singles to give Marist an overall 2-1 lead in the match.
Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) won the third straight point for Marist with a straight set 6-3, 6-2 victory at sixth singles, setting it up for Rossi’s clinching win.
Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) dropped a tough6-4, 6-3 decision at second singles and Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) led 7-5, 5-2 at fifth singles, but the matched went unfinished as the overall outcome had already been decided.
Junior Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after he claimed the decisive point at first singles in a come-from-behind three-set thriller, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Texas A&M enters the NCAA Tournament as the #12 overall seed with a record of 17-12. The Aggies finished first in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and went into the SEC Tournament as the fourth seed. They fell to the Eastern Division Champs and top seed Georgia 4-3 in the semifinals.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The Aggies are led by three players ranked in the top-100 in the most recent ITA National Singles’ Rankings. Jeremy Efferding (#18), playing at any of the top three positions, went 22-10 this season and was named to the All-SEC First Team. Shane Vinsant (#76), competing mostly at fourth singles, finished 25-11 and was named to the All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team. Junior Ore (#100), who bounced between first and second singles, finished 15-14 on the season. Additionally, Harrison Adams played mostly third singles and went 21-11 this season, ranking 103rd in the ITA Rankings. He was also named to the All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team.
The doubles pairing of Ore and Jackson Withrow ranks eighth in the country, going 14-8 as a duo this season, with all but one of those matches taking place at the top position. Freshmen Adams and Vinsant pair up at second doubles and have an overall record together of 26-13, good for 29th in Division I.
MARIST THIS SEASON
In 2012-13, Marist has gone a combined 151-81 (.651) in singles’ play and 49-48 (.505) at doubles. Three individuals have reached the 20-win plateau this season, setting career highs in single-season wins on the way. Joseph Dube (32 wins) at fifth singles, Dalen Klassen (23) at second singles and Joris Van Eck (22) at fourth singles all have had an exceptional 2012-13 campaign. Marist’s other three primary singles’ players have also reached double digits in wins this year as Will Reznek has 16 wins at third singles, Lorenzo Rossi has 15 wins at first singles and Fredrik Bjerke has 11 wins at sixth singles.
Overall, the projected starting singles’ lineup for the Red Foxes holds an overall singles record of 119-58 this year. In their careers, these six players have a combined record of 276-150 for a .648 winning percentage.
Marist’s doubles’ play has been boosted by the return of last season’s All-MAAC pairings of Billy Bishop and Dalen Klassen (15-12 this season) and Lorenzo Rossi and Joris Van Eck (11-9). The Red Foxes have also had the welcomed surprise of the arrival of the Norwegian freshman duo, Fredrik Bjerke and Trym Nagelstad (8-6).
Overall, Marist’s primary doubles lineup has a combined record of 79-70. For their careers, these six Red Foxes have an overall record of 183-140 for a .567 winning percentage.
This year’s Marist roster holds the past three MAAC Players of the Year (Dalen Klassen – 2012-13, Lorenzo Rossi – 2011-12, 2010-11) and past three MAAC Rookies of the Year (Fredrik Bjerke – 2012-13; Joseph Dube – 2011-12; Lorenzo Rossi – 2010-11). Combined, the 2012-13 Red Foxes have earned a career total of 13 All-MAAC selections for singles and 14 All-MAAC selections for doubles.
Marist Men's Tennis All-Time NCAA Tournament Destinations
1998 - University of Texas
2000 - Baylor University
2001 - Louisiana State University
2002 - Harvard University
2003 - University of Alabama
2008 - University of Mississippi
2009 - University of Florida
2010 - University of Southern California
2011 - University of California-Berkeley
2013 - Texas A&M