Preview: Merrimack Opens NCAA Tournament Monday at NYIT
The Merrimack College men’s tennis enters its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament as the seventh seed in the East Region and will take on No. 2 NYIT on Monday afternoon at 12 p.m. from the NYIT Tennis Courts in Old Westbury, N.Y.
Date/Time: 12 p.m. | 5/9
Records: Merrimack (10-9) | NYIT (18-3)
Location: NYIT Tennis Courts | Old Westbury, N.Y.
NCAA East Region:
Monday, May 9 (First Round)
Match 1: #7 Merrimack vs. #2 NYIT – 12 p.m.
Match 2: #6 Adelphi vs. #3 Chestnut Hill – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10 (Second Round)
Match 3: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2 – 3 p.m.
Last Time Out:
The Warriors last played in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Championship, suffering a 5-1 defeat against Adelphi.
Merrimack prevailed at second doubles, with the all-conference first team pairing of Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and Frank Vega (Lima, Peru) winning by an 8-5 final. The Panthers won at first, second and sixth singles to put an end to the match, despite Belfort and redshirt-freshman Laurence Akwei (Johannesburg, South Africa) leading by a set at No. 4 and 5, respectively.
Earlier This Season vs. NYIT:
The Warriors and the Bears met indoors at the Northeast Tennis Center to begin the spring campaign for the Navy and Gold back in February.
Merrimack dropped an 8-1 decision to the nationally ranked Bears, who enter Monday’s match as the 33rd-ranked team in the country, according to the latest Oracle/ITA Division II Men’s Tennis Rankings. Four singles players for NYIT are among the top-15 ranked in the region, while they boast two of the top-six doubles pairings in the East as well.
Last year, the two programs met in the second round of the tourney, with the Bears prevailing by a four-point margin. This will be the third time Merrimack and NYIT have played in the national tournament, with the Bears winning both previous contests.
- Junior Matej Selecky was named the East Coast Conference’s Player of the Year, holding a 14-2 singles record on the season. He is the No. 3 singles player in the region
- Selecky combines with Jorge Gonzales-Soler to be the No. 3 doubles pairing in the East. The Bears’ other regionally ranked players include David Jiang (No. 9 singles), Rafal Charkiewicz (No. 10 singles) and Tomas Lieb (No. 14 singles).
- Additionally, Lieb and Alexandre Martinez are the sixth-ranked doubles combo
- As a program, NYIT collected its four straight ECC Championship following a 5-3 win over Queens College
If Merrimack wins, the Warriors await the victor of No. 6 Adelphi and No. 3 Chesnut Hill. The second-round match will be played on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. from the NYIT Tennis Courts.