A successful 2015 campaign continued for the Merrimack College men’s tennis team on Thursday as six student-athletes were named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference squads, as announced by the league office this morning. Additionally, head coach Aaron Bergeron was named the NE-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Navy and Gold to a 10-0 record in league play and fifth straight regular-season title.
“The only goals we talk about during the course of the season are team goals. These guys have been selfless from the beginning and they’ve done a great job so far working toward those goals,” said Bergeron. “Even though we don’t talk about it much, it’s nice for these guys to see their individual hard work recognized. They’re a great group and I couldn’t be happier with the work they’ve put in so far.”
All six members of the Warriors lineup received some sort of all-conference recognition. Freshman Mikhail Belov(Krasnoarmeyskoy, Russia) was named to the All-Rookie Team after finishing the season with an 18-1 NE-10 record between singles and doubles, including an undefeated mark during singles. Belov was also named to the all-conference first team at No. 3 singles, where he played the majority of the year.
Senior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) freshman Frank Vega (Lima, Peru) and sophomore Nick Majewski (Amesbury, Mass.) all joined Belov on the all-league first team for singles. Bellino landed at the No. 4 spot, finishing 9-0 on the year. Vega and Majewski posted identical records of 9-0, with Vega claiming the No. 5 selection and Majewski landing at No. 6.
Junior captain Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) collected third team all-conference honors at No. 2 singles. He totaled a 6-3 mark at No. 2 in NE-10 action, finishing with seven overall wins in conference play. For Belfort, Bellino and Majewski, this is the second straight year that they have received all-conference recogtion.
The Warriors added all three pairs as all-conference selections for doubles. On the first team, Belov and sophomore Steven Francis (Perth, Australia) took home the spot at No. 1, as they only lost once at first doubles during conference play. Vega and Majewski joined them at No. 3, finishing with a 7-1 record. Bellino and Belfort complete the trio of pairs, landing on the second team at No. 2.
Bergeron hopes to collect his first NE-10 Championship on the men’s side after leading the team to its fifth straight regular-season title. He led the women’s squad to the runner-up finish in the NE-10 Championship last fall. The rookie head coach now has 26 combined victories between the men’s and women’s programs.
Merrimack opens up NE-10 Championship play this afternoon when the Warriors take on Bentley University in the semifinals beginning at 2 p.m. from the Northeast Tennis Center in Middleton, Mass.