When and Where: May 1, 2018 – Bronxville, N.Y. (Meyers Tennis Center)
Score: Concordia (N.Y.) College 5, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: Concordia 16-4, SNHU 16-7
Seniors Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) was victorious in his No. 1 singles match, but the fourth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University men's tennis team had its season come to a close Tuesday with a 5-1 loss to top-seed and host, Concordia (N.Y.) College, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Meyers Tennis Center.
Southern New Hampshire, which was making its third straight NCAA East Regional appearance, captured its first NCAA postseason win Monday in its seventh appearance with a 5-4 victory against Merrimack College. SNHU finishes the campaign at 16-7 – an identical record to last season and one that is the second highest number of single-season victories in program history. Concordia advances to the Sweet 16 in Surprise, Ariz.
Concordia looked locked in after the Penmen gave it the first loss it had suffered against an East Region foe back on April 7, sweeping doubles to move out to a 3-0 lead.
Fernandes gave SNHU some hope with a 6-1, 7-5 triumph at No. 1 against Eymeric Chevalier, but straight-set victories at No. 2 and No. 3 gave Concordia the match and a spot in the final 16.
- The loss snapped a 12-match winning streak for Southern New Hampshire.
- Fernandes ends the season having won 13 consecutive singles matches and sets a new single-season program record for singles victories at 24.
- The doubles team of Fernandes and fellow senior Jeremy Reichentahl (Cheshire, Conn.) had their 12-match winning streak ended.
- The Penmen are ranked No. 4 in the ITA East Regional rankings, while the Clippers are No. 1.
- This marked the final career match for Reichentahl and graduate student Xavier Aubron (Herouville, France).
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