POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men’s tennis team defeated Niagara on Saturday night, 5-2. Today’s win over the Purple Eagles moves Marist to 3-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play.

The Red Foxes are on a 27 match MAAC winning streak during regular season play. The last regular season conference match Marist lost was on Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2009 against Fairfield, 5-2. With today’s win, Marist improves to a record-setting 115-6 mark in MAAC play under head coach Tim Smith.

“The match was much closer than the score indicated,” said head coach Tim Smith. “I think the realistic pep talk by one of our team captains Dalen Klassen motivated our players after losing the doubles point. This was a good win that concluded at 2 a.m. Kudos to Rossi, Klassen, Reznek, Bjerke, and Giudici because each one won a clutch singles match. We need to get better in the doubles if we are going to win the MAAC.”

Marist won first, second, and third doubles to open up the match. Senior Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) topped Michael Elortegni in a tie breaker, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Senior Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) downed Inaki Belloso in three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Senior Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) cruised by Olivier Dufour-Coursol, 6-2, 6-1.

Junior Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) fell to David Raymond in three hard-fought sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Sophomore Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) got the Red Foxes back on track with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Lorenz Schwojer. Junior Matteo Giudici (Parma, Italy) edged Mathieu Lacasse in a tie breaker, 6-2, 7-6 (2).

Niagara swept doubles action against Marist, taking all three matches. Purple Eagles’ Belloso and Elortegni claimed a hard-fought match against Rossi and Reznek that came down to a tie breaker, 8-7 (7). Klassen and sophomore Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) fell to Raymond and Dufor-Coursol, 8-5. Giudici and freshman Dylan Fletcher (Stow, Mass.) were topped by Schwojer and Lacasse, 8-6.

Marist returns to action on Thursday, Mar. 27 at Rider. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J.

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