When and Where: April 20, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Tennis Courts)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Bentley University 0
Records: SNHU 15-6, Bentley 12-8
Junior Xavier Aubron (Herouville, France) won his No. 4 singles match for the top-seeded Southern New Hampshire University men's tennis team to clinch a 5-0 win against fourth-seeded Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Championship semifinal on Thursday afternoon at the SNHU Tennis Courts.
Southern New Hampshire returns to the title match for the second straight year where it will play host to second-seeded Merrimack College, which was a 5-1 winner against sixth-seeded Assumption College on Thursday.
The Penmen took control from the start as they swept doubles play. Juniors Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) and Ricardo Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) recorded an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles against Brendan McCarthy and George Samander, while fellow juniors Miguel Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) and Aubron breezed past Chase Rosa and Dylan Granat, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. Freshman Bas van Biezen (Sassenheim, Netherlands), who had been out with an injury since March 26, returned to team with junior Jeremy Reichentahl (Cheshire, Conn.) to edge Michael Fuca and Brett Gilman, 9-7, at No. 3 doubles.
Ricardo Marreiros made it 4-0 with an easy 6-1, 6-1 triumph against Samander at No. 2 singles, before Aubron ended it with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Rosa at No. 4 singles.
Fernandes was at match-point against McCarthy at No. 1 singles as he held a 6-3, 5-3 advantage when the match ended. Miguel Marreiros' No. 3 singles match against Granat was also in progress, with Marreiros ahead, 6-4, 2-4.
-The Penmen have now won nine-in-a-row and extend their NE10 winning streak, including the postseason, to 22 straight, dating back to Oct. 15, 2015.
-Southern New Hampshire toppled Bentley, 5-2, in the semifinals last year to move on to the finals where it would capture its second NE10 title. The Penmen also defeated Bentley, 5-4, in the regular-season finale last Friday.
-SNHU captured its second NE10 Regular-Season Championship with a win at Merrimack on April 12.
-SNHU is ranked fourth in the Oracle/ITA East Regional Rankings, while Merrimack is seventh.
The Penmen will take on Merrimack in the Northeast-10 Championship final Saturday, April 22 (1 p.m.) at the SNHU Tennis Courts.
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