When and Where: April 19, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Executive Health & Sports Center)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Bentley University 1
Records: SNHU (14-6), Bentley (15-10)
Seniors Ricardo Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) and Miguel Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) earned the first point of the match, as well as the final two, to lead the top-seeded Southern New Hampshire University men's tennis team to a 5-1 victory against fifth-seeded Bentley University in the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Championship, which was played Thursday morning at the Executive Health & Sports Center.
The Penmen advance to the NE10 final for the sixth time in eight years, including for the third straight season. SNHU will host the winner of second-seeded Merrimack College and No. 3 Le Moyne College at the Penmen Stadium Tennis Courts on Saturday, April 21 (1 p.m.), as it goes for the first three-peat since Assumption College captured nine straight titles from 1999-07.
The Marreiros' opened the match with an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles over Brett Gilman and Michael Fuca, before fellow seniors Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) and Jeremy Reichentahl (Cheshire, Conn.) made it 2-0 by doubling up Dylan Granat and Connor Aulson, 8-4, at No. 3. Bentley salvaged a doubles point at No. 1, with Brendan McCarthy and George Samander edging graduate student Xavier Aubron (Herouville, France) and sophomore Bas van Biezen (Sassenheim, Netherlands), 9-7.
That would be the only point the Falcons would capture, however, as Fernandes quickly made it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles against McCarthy, with Miguel Marreiros following with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Granat at No. 3. Ricardo Marreiros then rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win against Samander at No. 2 to clinch the match.
-Southern New Hampshire, which has now won 10-in-a-row, extends its NE10 winning streak, including the postseason, to 33.
-Fernandes, who has won 10 consecutive singles matches, pulls into a first-place tie with Mitch Dobek (2013-14) atop the program's single-season record book with 21 singles victories.
-Fernandes, Ricardo Marreiros and Miguel Marreiros are all a perfect 10-0 in singles play this season against NE10 foes.
-The doubles team of Fernandes and Reichentahl has won 10-in-a-row and is also 10-0 against the league.
-The Penmen are ranked No. 4 in the ITA Division II East Regional Rankings, while the Falcons are seventh.
The Penmen will host either Merrimack or Le Moyne in the NE10 Championship final on Saturday, April 21 (1 p.m.).
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