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Preview: Merrimack Opens NCAA Tournament Monday at NYIT

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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.

The Basics
Date/Time:
 12 p.m. | 5/9
Records: Merrimack (10-9)
 | NYIT (18-3)
Location:
 NYIT Tennis Courts | Old Westbury, N.Y.

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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.

The Bears:

  • 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 

Up Next
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.

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