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The top two seeds in the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Tennis Championship will meet in Saturday's final following today's Semifinal Round action. Here's how today's matches played out -
#1 Southern New Hampshire 5, #4 Bentley 0
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Junior Xavier Aubron won his No. 4 singles match for top-seeded Southern New Hampshire to clinch a 5-0 win against fourth-seeded Bentley in a Northeast-10 Championship semifinal on Thursday afternoon at the SNHU Tennis Courts.
Southern New Hampshire returns to the title match for the second straight year where it will play host to second-seeded Merrimack, which was a 5-1 winner against sixth-seeded Assumption on Thursday.
The Penmen took control from the start as they swept doubles play. Juniors Tiago Fernandes and Ricardo Marreiros recorded an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles against Brendan McCarthy and George Samander, while fellow juniors Miguel Marreiros and Aubron breezed past Chase Rosa and Dylan Granat, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles.
Freshman Bas van Biezen, who had been out with an injury since March 26, returned to team with junior Jeremy Reichentahl to edge Michael Fuca and Brett Gilman, 9-7, at No. 3 doubles.
R. Marreiros made it 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph against Samander at No. 2 singles, before Aubron ended it with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Rosa at No. 4 singles.
#2 Merrimack 5, #6 Assumption 1
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Second-seeded Merrimack used a come-from-behind effort from junior Frank Vega and freshman Alex Fedorov at second doubles on Thursday in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals vs. Assumption to take a 2-1 lead entering singles and never looked back, winning by a 5-1 final to advance to the program's seventh NE10 Final in the last nine years.
Assumption's lone point of the day came at first doubles, but at #2 doubles, Vega and Fedorov endured a back-and-forth match. The duo got off to a strong start, winning four of five games only to see the Greyhounds rebound to take a 7-6 lead. The visitors were within a point of taking the match, but Merrimack's all-league second-team duo recovered to extend the match and forced a tiebreak. Vega and Fedorov were dominant in the breaker, winning all seven points to win, 9-8, and give the Warriors a 2-1 lead entering singles
Nick Majewski clinched Merrimack's trip to the NE10 Final with a thunderous forehand winner at the net. He won his first set handily, 6-1, before battling to a 6-4 win in the second frame
2017 NE10 Men's Tennis Championship -
Tuesday, April 18th
Match 1: #6 Assumption 5 at #3 Adelphi 3
Match 2: #4 Bentley 5, #5 Le Moyne 1
Thursday, April 20th
Match 3: #2 Merrimack 5, #6 Assumption 1
Match 4: #1 Southern New Hampshire 5, #4 Bentley 0
Saturday, April 22nd
Championship at Highest Remaining Seed
Match 5: #2 Merrimack at #1 Southern New Hampshire | 1:00 p.m.
Information for this release provided by the athletic communication staffs at Merrimack and Southern New Hampshire
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