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Merrimack Men’s Tennis Locks Up NE10 Tournament Second Seed

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College men’s tennis program secured a second consecutive second-place finish in the Northeast-10 Conference with an 8-1 win Saturday afternoon at Saint Anselm. The Warriors will face either the third-seeded Adelphi or the sixth-seeded Assumption in the NE10 Semifinals at home on Thursday at 2 p.m.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 8,
Saint Anselm 1
Records: Merrimack (9-8, 7-2 NE10) |
Saint Anselm (4-14, 1-8 NE10)
Location:
Saint Anselm Tennis Courts | Manchester, N.H.

NE10 Championship Outlook
With the Warriors’ victory on Saturday, Merrimack secured the second seed in next week’s NE10 Championship. Merrimack will enjoy a first-round bye and play either the third or sixth seed in the semifinals on Thursday at home.

1. Southern New Hampshire  – 9-0
2. Merrimack – 7-2
3. Adelphi – 7-2
4. Bentley – 5-4
5. Le Moyne – 5-4
6. Assumption – 4-5
7. Stonehill – 4-5
8. Franklin Pierce – 3-6
9. Saint Anselm – 1-8
10. Saint Michael’s – 0-9

How It Happened (Doubles)

  • No. 1 – Senior Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) and junior Mikhail Belov (Krasnoarmeyskoy, Russia) concluded their regular season as a regionally ranked tandem with an 8-3 victory at the first flight
  • No. 2 – Junior Frank Vega (Lima, Peru) and freshman Alex Fedorov (Guilderland, N.Y.) strung together a dominant outing at second doubles, needing only nine games to dispatch their opposition (8-1)
  • No. 3 – Senior Tayyab Sheikh (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Alex Slobin (Fairfield, Conn.) played the closest match of the three, but still secured a comfortable 8-5 win to complete the doubles sweep

How It Happened (Singles)

  • No. 1 – Vega started a run of four wins at the top-four flights with a straight-sets victory at first singles (6-3, 6-0)
  • No. 2 – Belov needed only eight games to win his opener (6-2) before pitching a shutout in the second set to record the sweep, 6-0
  • No. 3 – Majewski also played in the minimum, closing out his final regular season with a straight-sets victory at third singles (6-2, 6-4)
  • No. 4 – Fedorov concluded his debut regular season with his eighth NE10 singles win of the spring with seven-game sets in each of his frames on Saturday (6-1, 6-1)
  • No. 5 – Slobin dropped the only contest of the day for the Warriors, but did win his first set by a 6-1 win. The Hawks’ Kyle Harris forced a third set with a 6-4 victory in the middle frame, and prevailed in a tightly contest final set, 11-9
  • No. 6 – Sheikh also needed three sets, but emerged on the winning end with an 11-9 besting of Benji Page in the final frame of the day

Results
Doubles
1. Nick Majewski/Mikhail Belov (MER) def. Adam Weinstein/Daniel  Kimetz (STA), 8-3
2. Frank Vega/Alex Fedorov (MER) def. Eric Howes/Kyle Harris (STA), 8-1
3. Alex Slobin/Tayyab Sheikh (MER) def. Brian Kavanagh /Brian Madden (STA), 8-5

Singles
1. Frank Vega (MER) def. Eric Howes (STA) 6-3, 6-0
2. Mikhail Belov (MER) def. Adam Weinstein (STA) 6-2, 6-0
3. Nick Majewski (MER) def. Daniel  Kimetz (STA) 6-2, 6-4
4. Alex Fedorov (MER) def. Brian Kavanagh (STA) 6-1, 6-1
5. Kyle Harris (STA) def. Alex Slobin (MER) 1-6, 6-4, 11-9
6. Tayyab Sheikh (MER) def. Benji Page (STA) 7-5, 5-7, 11-9

Up Next
The Warriors advance to face either No. 3 Adelphi University or No. 6 Assumption in the NE10 Semifinals at home on Thursday afternoon.

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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