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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Merrimack College men’s tennis team won at No. 2-6 singles and captured two of three doubles matches on Sunday afternoon as the Warriors defeated the Le Moyne College Dolphins, 7-2, in their Northeast-10 Conference opener.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 7
, Le Moyne 2
Records: Merrimack (2-0, 1-0 NE-10)
 | Le Moyne (0-4, 0-2 NE-10)
Location:
 Skytop Recreation Center | Syracuse, N.Y.

How It Happened
After winning its first dual match of the fall on Saturday against Roberts Wesleyan, the Warriors dispatched the Dolphins in NE-10 action.

Junior captain Steven Francis (Perth, Australia) and sophomore Mikhail Belov (Krasnoarmeyskoy, Russia) slipped up at No. 1, 8-6, but the Navy and Gold proceeded to take the final two doubles matches.

Captains Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) improved to 2-0 in dual matches with an 8-4 victory at No. 2. The most dominant doubles performance came at No. 3, where sophomore Frank Vega (Lima, Peru) and freshman Tyler Clontz (Naples, Fla.) dispatched their opposition, 8-1.

After taking the first set at No. 1, Francis could not pull out the victory as James Gayvert won the final two frames including a 10-7 third set.

Outside of that match, the Warriors swept the remaining singles contests. After appearing at No. 1 against the Redhawks on Saturday, Vega trotted out at No. 3 and won in straight sets. Belfort and Majewski were particularly dominant at No. 4-5, as the duo combined to lose just one game.

Freshman Alex Slobin (Fairfield, Conn.) won his first career collegiate match, 7-6 (5) and 7-5, at No. 6 to cap off the afternoon.

Results
Doubles
1. James Gayvert / Hallam Doney (LEM) def. Steven Francis / Mikhail Belov (MER) 8-6
2. Miguel Belfort / Nick Majewski (MER) def. Jason Barton / Steven Procopio (LEM) 8-4
3. Frank Vega / Tyler Clontz (MER) def. Benjamin Spoor / Tyler Underwood (LEM) 8-1

Singles
1. James Gayvert (LEM) def. Steven Francis (MER) 5-7, 6-4, 10-7
2. Mikhail Belov (MER)  def. Jason Barton (LEM)  6-4, 7-5
3. Frank Vega (MER) 6def. Hallam Doney (LEM) 6-2, 6-3
4. Miguel Belfort (MER) def. Stephane Legris (LEM) 6-1, 6-0
5. Nick Majewski  (MER) def. Steven Procopio (LEM) 6-0, 6-0
6. Alex Slobin (MER) def.  Benjamin Spoor (LEM) 7-6 (5), 7-5

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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