WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Marist men’s tennis team captured its 11th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship title with a 4-2 win over Monmouth. This is the Red Foxes sixth championship in the past seven years. Sophomore Fredrik Bjerke (Oslo, Norway) clinched the match for Marist with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win over Luke Adamus at fifth singles. Junior Joseph Dube (Livonia, Mich.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, finishing 3-0.
“It was an exciting three and a half hour match in which our entire team was extremely excited about the outcome,” said head coach Tim Smith. “The change that we made in doubles to move Joe Dube to third doubles was key in allowing us to earn the doubles point, which set the tone for the entire match. Fredrik Bjerke the Norwegian Viking set sail, dealt with rough seas, and used the prevailing wind to clinch the match for us. We look forward with enthusiasm to finding out Tuesday at 5 p.m. who we will face in the NCAA Tournament.”
Marist picked up the doubles point in an exciting fashion, with a tiebreaker in third doubles. Seniors Lorenzo Rossi (Lugano, Switzerland) and Will Reznek (Toronto, Canada) fell to Victor Pugliese and Christian Vieira in first doubles, 8-5. Senior Dalen Klassen (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Trym Nagelstad (Oslo, Norway) topped Ramy Bekhiet and Freddy Marcinkowski in second doubles, 8-6. Junior Matteo Giudici (Parma, Italy) and Dube sealed the deal with an 8-7 (7-4) victory over Bee Kumthonkittikul and Przemyslaw Filipek.
The first singles match between Rossi and Pugliese was unfinished. Klassen fell to Filipek in second singles, 6-1, 6-2. Reznek got the ball rolling for Marist with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kumthonkittikul at third singles, 6-4, 6-2. Dube picked up the third point for Marist at fourth singles with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcinkowski. Bjerke, who also clinched the MAAC semi-finals match against Fairfield, defeated Adamus in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to secure the win for the Red Foxes. Giudici fell to Vieira in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
Marist will find out on Tuesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. who they will face in this year’s NCAA Tournament.