The Mack Report

Tennis: Merrimack Men Fall to Concordia in NCAA Tournament


FLUSHING, N.Y. – The fifth-seeded Merrimack College men’s tennis team dropped a 5-0 decision to nationally ranked Concordia (N.Y.) College in the finals of the NCAA East Regional Tuesday morning at the USTA National Tennis Center. The Warriors end the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 15-5, while the Clippers advance to the NCAA Round of 16 and take on Cameron University.

The Basics
Score: No. 4 Concordia (N.Y.) 5, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (15-5) | No. 1 Concordia (N.Y.) 19-4
Location: USTA National Tennis Center | Flushing, N.Y.

How it Happened

The Warriors were unable to pick up a point in doubles action while the Clippers grabbed an early 3-0 lead heading into single action.

Merrimack’s top duo of Matt Pronesti (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Chris Barnhart(Longmeadow, Mass.) put in a good effort, but were defeated by Daniele Piludu and Benas Majauskas, 8-5, in No. 1 doubles. Sophomore Miguel Belfort (Caracas, Venezuela) and junior Vince Bellino (Amesbury, Mass.) also had a good rally going in the first set, but were downed in No. 2 doubles by the score of 8-5.

Concordia continued to pushed ahead as Rafael Ferreira swept Merrimack freshman Nick Majewski (Brewster, Mass.) 6-0, 6-0 in No. 6 singles to take a 4-0 lead over the Navy and Gold. Pronesti looked to get a rally going as the sophomore forced a third set with Juuso Ojanen after winning set two 6-5.

However, the Clippers secured the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bellino in No. 4 singles.

1. #4 Daniele Piludu/Benas Majauskas (CND-NY-M) def. Matt Pronesti/Chris Barnhart (MER) 8-5
2. Ricardo Frey/Rafael Ferreira (CND-NY-M) def. Miguel Belfort/Vince Bellino (MER) 8-5
3. Tomasz Olfans/Pulat Babadjanov (CND-NY-M) def. Nick Majewski/James Barnhart (MER) 8-2

1. #3 Juuso Ojanen (CND-NY-M) vs. Matt Pronesti (MER) 6-1, 5-6, unfinished
2. #10 Daniele Piludu (CND-NY-M) vs. Miguel Belfort (MER) 6-3, 1-4, unfinished
3. Benas Majauskas (CND-NY-M) vs. Chris Barnhart (MER) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
4. Ofir Ginat (CND-NY-M) def. Vince Bellino (MER) 6-2, 6-2
5. Tomasz Olfans (CND-NY-M) vs. James Barnhart (MER) 6-4, unfinished
6. Rafael Ferreira (CND-NY-M) def. Nick Majewski (MER) 6-0, 6-0