FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Merrimack College men’s tennis team earned a huge road victory on Saturday afternoon, as the Warriors downed Queens (N.Y.) College by the score of 5-4. With the win, Merrimack improves to 7-6 overall while the Knights drop to 7-2.
Score: Merrimack 5, Queens (N.Y.) 4
Records: Merrimack (7-6) | Queens (N.Y.) (7-2)
Location: Tennis Center | Flushing, N.Y.
How it Happened vs. Queens (N.Y.)
The Knights grabbed a pair of victories in doubles play to grab a 2-1 lead at the beginning of singles action.
Freshman Nick Majewski (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Tayyab Sheikh(Longmeadow, Mass.) secured Merrimack’s only doubles victory of the day. The Warriors’ No. 3 duo posted an 8-0 win against Andrew Pizow and Howard Wong.
Senior Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman James Barnhart(Longmeadow, Mass.) suffered an 8-6 loss at the No. 2 doubles spot while sophomoreMiguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) dropped an 8-6 decision at the No. 1 doubles spot.
The Warriors picked up four of the six singles matches to take a 5-4 win over the Knights.
In No. 1 singles action, Belfort proved to be too much for his opponent as he finished with the 6-2, 6-3 win. After back-to-back losses for the Warriors, J. Barnhart got Merrimack back on track with his big victory over Kevin Burgess, 7-6, 6-3. Majewski also picked up a dominating win as he downed Adam Pizow by the score of 6-1, 6-1. In the final match, Sheikh came through with the 6-0, 6-0 win, to seel the non-conference road win for Merrimack.
1. Pellegrino/Baron (QUE) def. Belfort/Bellino (MER) 8-6
2. Hidass/Burgess (QUE) def. C. Barnhart/J. Barnhart (MER) 8-6
3. Majewski/Sheikh (MER) def. Pizow/Wong (QUE) 8-0
1. Belfort (MER) def. Younes Hidass (QUE) 6-2, 6-3
2. Christopher Baron (QUE) def. C. Barnhart (MER) 6-0, 3-1 (retired)
3. Andrew Pellegrino (QUE) def. Bellino (MER) 6-2, 6-3
4. J. Barnhart (MER) def. Kevin Burgess (QUE) 7-6, 6-3
5. Majewski (MER) def. Adam Pizow (QUE) 6-1, 6-1
6. Sheikh (MER) def. Howard Wong (QUE) 6-0, 6-0
What they Said
“This is a great accomplishment for this team,” said head coach Pete Arsenault. “The players have worked extremely hard all season and their hard work and dedication has paid off.”
The Warriors return to action tomorrow (March 30th), when they take on Northeast-10 Conference rival Adelphi University. First match is scheduled 10 a.m.