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Merrimack Men’s Tennis Avenges NCAA Loss to Chestnut Hill

MIDDLETON, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s tennis program saw junior Alex Fedorov win both of his contests, including a match-clinching three-set singles victory at No. 3, guaranteeing an upset of regionally ranked Chestnut Hill on Saturday evening at Northeast Tennis Center. The Warriors avenged last season’s 5-0 loss to the Griffins in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 5, 
Chestnut Hill 4
Records: Merrimack (6-4) | Chestnut Hill (4-2)
Location: Northeast Tennis Center | Middleton, Mass.

Results 
Doubles

1. Lucas Bocaletto/Pedro Regalin (CHCM) def. Mikhail Belov/Tyler Clontz (MERM) 8-2
2. Alex Fedorov/Denis Davydov (MERM) def. Felix Andre/Antoine Gautier (CHCM) 8-6
3. Frank Vega/Paul Weidinger (MERM) def. Adam Gavin/Jesus Darias (CHCM) 8-6

Singles

1. Mikhail Belov (MERM) def. Felix Andre (CHCM) 6-3, 6-3
2. Denis Davydov (MERM) def. Jesus Darias (CHCM) 6-2, 6-4
3. Alex Fedorov (MERM) def. Antoine Gautier (CHCM) 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-0
4. Lucas Bocaletto (CHCM) def. Frank Vega (MERM) 6-4, 6-4
5. Pedro Regalin (CHCM) def. Tyler Clontz (MERM) 6-0, 6-0
6. Adam Gavin (CHCM) def. Paul Weidinger (MERM) 6-0, 6-1

Rapid Recap

  • Second-year head coach Alex Loyer changed up the lineup on Sunday, utilizing three different doubles pairings and adjusting his singles lineup
  • Junior Alex Fedorov  and sophomore Denis Davydov played together for the first time, winning at the second flight, 8-6. Senior Frank Vega joined sophomore Paul Weidinger at the third flight, claiming a third double win by the same margin to take a 2-1 lead into singles
  • Senior Mikhail Belov and Davydov posted two-set wins at the top two flights, but Chestnut Hill won at fourth-sixth singles to square the match
  • Fedorov was the last man standing, winning his opening set (7-6 (1)), but lost his second frame to force a deciding third game. The junior blanked his opposition, 6-0, to clinch the win over the fifth ranked program in the ITA regional rankings

Up Next:
The Warriors host Saint Anselm at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Northeast Tennis Center, which is Merrimack’s third NE!0 game of the year

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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