Men's Tennis Vying For 11th MAAC Championship Title This Weekend
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – With its latest win against Monmouth, the Marist men’s tennis team earned its sixth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season title and completed its fifth consecutive undefeated season in conference play. Marist finished the season 13-4 overall and 7-0 in the MAAC. The Red Foxes enter the MAAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. The tournament begins with the semi-finals on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in West Windsor, N.J. at Mercer County Park.
The Red Foxes will hold the top seed on their quest for their sixth MAAC Championship in the past seven years, and 11th overall, as they take on the No. 4 Fairfield Stags. Marist beat Fairfield in the 2013 Championship match to win its 10th title. The Red Foxes defeated the Stags considerably in this year’s regular season match, 6-1. Marist won five of six singles matches and picked up two wins in doubles to secure the point.
The joint MAAC Tennis and Rowing Awards Show will take place on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. Along with the presentation of the Regular Season Championship trophy, the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year awards will be handed out. The All-MAAC First and Second Teams and All-Academic Teams will also be announced.
All four games and Friday’s banquet will be streamed live on MAAC.TV.
Senior Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) finished the year 13-13 at singles while classmate Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) tallied a 15-10 record at second singles. Senior Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) posted an impressive 14-8 record at third singles followed by Junior Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) with a 16-9 record in singles play. Sophomore Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) had a 15-7 record in singles play and junior Matteo Giudici (Parma, Italy) was 15-4. Freshman Dylan Fletcher (Stow, Mass.) finished the season a perfect 12-0 in singles play. Bjerke, Fletcher, Giudici, and Reznek were all undefeated in singles play against conference opponents.
In doubles action, the duo of Rossi and Reznek finished the year 10-9 and 3-2 in the MAAC. Klassen and sophomore Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) posted a record of 10-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Fletcher and Giudici saw much success as a pair in doubles this season, posting a 14-5 record together.
The men’s tennis MAAC Championships will begin Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m., and the finals will be played on Sunday, April 27. The tournament will take place in West Windsor, N.J., at Mercer County Park.