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Merrimack Men’s Tennis Avenges NCAA Loss to Chestnut Hill

Merrimack men's tennis in an NE-10 matchup at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT, on Sunday, Mar 4, 2018. (James Buck / Merrimack College)

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

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