POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Head coach Tim Smith and the Marist athletics department have released the men’s tennis team’s fall schedule to start the 2013-14 season. The Red Foxes will play in four tournaments this semester and play two dual matches.
Marist will open its slate at the Brown Fall Classic the weekend of Sept. 13-15. Last fall, the Red Foxes enjoyed great success at this tournament to start off their season as four individuals won their respective flight titles and the doubles’ pairing of Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) and Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) won a doubles’ championship. Additioanlly, Reznek and Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) each won the finals match in their respective back-draws.
Conference play starts on Tuesday, Sept. 17 when Marist travels to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Siena for a 3 p.m. match. Last season, the Red Foxes cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Saints.
The weekend of Sept. 20-22 sees the Red Foxes at the USTA Invitational/Ivy Plus Tournament. Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) and Klassen each won flight championships in last season’s tournament.
Marist will return to New York City in October for the Columbia Invite Oct. 4-6. Last year, both Dube and Klassen reached the semifinals of individual flight action.
The Red Foxes will play their first home match of the season when Connecticut visits Poughkeepsie for a dual match on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The 3 p.m. match will be a rematch of Marist 4-2 victory last season on the Huskies’ home courts.
The 2013 fall schedule wraps up the week of Oct. 16-19 when the Red Foxes compete in the ITA Regionals. In 2012, they had their deepest showing at the ITA Tournament with four individuals competing in the singles Round of 64 as well as a doubles' pairing in the Round of 32.
“I really like our tournament schedule because it will give me a very good idea who will be our top eight players,” Smith said. With triple back draws at Brown, USTA, and Columbia, most of our players will see nine singles matches. With seven of our top eight players back, I’m expecting this to be a very successful year for our program.”
Last season, Marist finished with a 17-4 record overall, and won its 10th MAAC Championship in program history by defeating Fairfield by a 4-2 score and advancing to the NCAA Tournament where the Red Foxes faced off with 12th-seeded Texas A&M. They return nearly all of their top players from a season ago, including senior Klassen, the MAAC Player of the Year, and sophomore Fredrik Bjerke(Oslo, Norway), last year’s MAAC Rookie of the Year.