POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s tennis team improved to 5-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with a 6-1 win over Fairfield.
The Red Foxes are on a 29 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 117-6 mark in MAAC play under head coach Tim Smith.
“Fairfield is always a formidable foe,” said Smith. “I was extremely pleased with our doubles play considering we lost all our doubles matches a few weeks ago against Niagara and won all three today. The nice part of today was that after the doubles win, senior Will Reznek said, “Come on guys let’s finish this out and play the best we can”. Winning five of six singles matches was a good sign that we’re starting to peak towards the MAAC tournament. Lorenzo Rossi came back after losing the second set and was dominant in the ten point tie breaker against one of the better singles players in the MAAC.”
Senior Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) won a tough three-set tie breaker at No. 1 singles to rout Ian Tesmon, 6-4, 3-6, 10-3. Senior Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) fell just short against Ofir Solomon, 6-4, 6-4. Senior Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) got the ball rolling for Marist as the Red Foxes would win the remaining four singles matches. Reznek defeated Dennis Zlobinsky, 6-3, 6-0. Junior Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) topped Cam Amyot, 6-3, 6-1. Sophomore Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) cruised by Bjorn Merinder, 6-1, 6-0. Junior Matteo Giudici (Parma, Italy) downed Pete Colliard (6-4, 6-4).
Marist swept doubles against Fairfield, winning all three matches. Rossi and Reznek defeated Tesmond and Amyot, 8-4. Klassen and sophomore Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) won a tough doubles match against Zlobinsky and Solomon, 8-6. Giudici and freshman Dylan Fletcher (Stow, Mass.) downed Merinder and Reece Breault, 8-6.