When and Where: May 4, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium Tennis Courts)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Merrimack College 3
Records: SNHU 16-3, Merrimack 17-9
After falling behind 3-0, SNHU proved resilient, winning the top-four singles flights to claim a fourth consecutive NE10 Championship, 4-3, over upset-minded Merrimack.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The doubles venue saw the Warriors and Penmen split the first and second flights. After falling at No. 2, 6-1, SNHU answered with a 6-2 triumph at No. 1 for juniors Bas van Biezen and Willem van Biezen (Sassenheim, The Netherlands). Merrimack then claimed a 6-3 win at third doubles, taking the overall point and a 1-0 lead into singles.
- Merrimack freshman Andre Singer scored a win at No. 6 in two sets over SNHU's Ricardo Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal), opening a 2-0 advantage for Merrimack. Fifth singles went in the books shortly thereafter, with Mackay Rodriguez completing his first win of the tournament in straight sets over Miguel Marreiros (Portimao, Portugal) to move the Warriors within a point of the match.
- The next four flights went in favor of the Penmen to give SNHU the title. Third singles and first singles were the next two matches that ended, with the Penmen claiming two-set victories at each spot. Grad student Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) won 6-4, 7-5 over Denis Davydov and freshman Emmanuel Vacalares (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines) handled Alex Fedorov 6-4, 6-4.
- The Warriors won the opening sets at second and fourth singles, only to see the hosts comeback to win back-to-back frames at each spot. At No. 2, Willem van Biezen topped Jonathan Garcia 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 and the No. 4 match proved to be the clincher, with the Penmen winning a 6-3 third set to end the contest as Bas van Biezen finished off Conrad Koch 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.
- The Penmen win a fourth straight NE10 title, and the third consecutive over the Warriors.
- SNHU extends its NE10 winning streak, including the postseason, to 46 dating back to Oct. 15, 2015.
- The Division II NCAA Men's Tennis Selection Show is Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on www.ncaa.com.
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