Old Westbury, N.Y. - The NYIT men's tennis team earns a spot in the East Regional II finals after defeating No. 7 Merrimack 5-0 in the first round Monday afternoon. The Bears swept all three doubles matches and used the first two wins in singles play to clinch the win to move on in the NCAA Tournament.
Earning the first point for NYIT was the duo at second doubles of Tomas Lieb and David Jiang, who defeated their counterparts by an 8-3 final. East Coast Conference honorees Rafal Charkiewicz and Rares Ispas took down the pair of Nick Majewski and Tyler Clontz 8-2, prior to the Bears' win at first doubles, that featured ECC Player of the Year Matej Selecky and his partner Jorge Gonzales Soler.
Hosting the regional tournament for the first time on campus, the Bears were able to quickly close out the match, clinching with the first two wins in singles action. Charkewicz defeated Majewski not only in doubles, but individually with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep. Clinching the match for the team was Ispas who won a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 6 singles over Alex Slobin.
"Our men's team was excited to get out there and play on our home courts since this was the frist time NYIT was able to host the Regional tournament," said Head Coach Jason Pasion. "Despite a sunny and comfortable temperature, the wind picked up but our guys were able to make adjustments mid-match."
NYIT improves to 19-3 this season and will compete on Tuesday, May 10 for the chance to return to the NCAA Round of 16. The No. 2 Bears will face the winner of No. 4 Adelphi/ No. 5 Chestnut Hill at 3:00 p.m.
Provided by the NYIT Sports Information Department.