Merrimack Men’s Tennis Falls in NE10 Championship to SNHU

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Doubles partners Frank Vega (Lima, Peru) and freshman Alex Fedorov (Guilderland, N.Y.) each earned sports on the Northeast-10 Conference All-Championship team, but the second-seeded Merrimack College men’s tennis team dropped a 5-1 decision to top-seeded Southern New Hampshire on Saturday in the NE10 Final from the SNHU Tennis Courts. The championship appearance marked the seventh in the last nine seasons for the Navy and Gold.

The Basics
SNHU 5, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (10-9) |
SNHU (16-6)
SNHU Tennis Courts | Manchester, N.H.

NE10 Championship
Tuesday, April 18th  
First Round ­
Match 1: #6 Assumption 5 at #3 Adelphi 3
Match 2: #4 Bentley 5, #5 Le Moyne 1

Thursday, April 20th  
Match 3: #2 Merrimack def. #6 Assumption, 5-1
Match 4: #1 Southern New Hampshire def. #4 Bentley, 5-0

Saturday, April 22nd 
Championship ­ at Highest Remaining Seed
Match 5: #1 Southern New Hampshire def. #2 Merrimack, 5-1

How It Happened (Doubles)

  • No. 1 – In a matchup of the top-two doubles tandems in the NE10, SNHU’s duo of Tiago Fernandes and Ricardo Marreiros bested senior Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) and junior Mikhail Belov (Krasnoarmeyskoy, Russia) by an 8-2 final to open the scoring for the Penmen
  • No. 2 – After losing to the regular-season champions last Wednesday, junior Frank Vega (Lima, Peru) and freshman Alex Fedorov (Guilderland, N.Y.) battled in a closely contested match, but came out on the winning end to tie the match, 1-1, with an 8-6 triumph
  • No. 3 – Senior Tayyab Sheikh (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Alex Slobin (Fairfield, Conn.) got off to a strong start at third doubles, holding a 5-4 lead through nine games. The Penmen rallied from there, going on a 4-0 run to win 8-5 and give the hosts a 2-1 lead entering singles

How It Happened (Singles)

  • No. 1 – Vega suffered a straight-set loss at the first flight to Fernandes, the undefeated NE10 Player of the Year (6-4, 6-3)
  • No. 2 – Belov dropped his opening set to Marreiros and faced a 4-2 deficit in the second upon the Penmen clinching the title
  • No. 3 – Majewski entered Wednesday on the heels of winning at third singles against the Penmen in the regular season, but lost in two sets to Ricardo Marreiros
  • No. 4 – Fedorov took his first set to a 12th game before bowing out to Xavier Aubron, who took that momentum and won the second set to contribute to the Penmen’s league championship


1. Tiago Fernandes/Ricardo Marreiros (SNH) def. Mikhail Belov/Nick Majewski (MER-M) 8-2
2. Frank Vega/Alex Fedorov (MER-M) def. Miguel Marreiros/Xavier Aubron (SNH) 8-6
3. Bas Van Biezen/Jeremy Reichentahl (SNH) def. Alex Slobin/Tayyab Sheikh (MER-M)  8-5


1. Tiago Fernandes (SNH) def. Frank Vega (MER-M) 6-4, 6-3
2. Ricardo Marreiros (SNH) vs. Mikhail Belov (MER-M) 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
3. Miguel Marreiros (SNH) def. Nick Majewski (MER-M) 6-4, 6-0
4. Xavier Aubron (SNH) def. Alex Fedorov (MER-M) 7-5, 6-0
5. Bas Van Biezen (SNH) vs. Alex Slobin (MER-M) 1-0, unfinished
6. Tayyab Sheikh (MER-M) vs. Jeremy Reichentahl (SNH) no result

Up Next
The Warriors will await their NCAA Tournament fate, as the program looks for its 10th straight berth in the NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championship. Merrimack entered conference-championship weekend as the seventh-ranked team in the East Region, which would be the final qualifier to the East Regional.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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