WOBURN, Mass. – In a battle of Northeast-10 unbeatens, Merrimack came away with a 5-4 win over the Bentley men's tennis team on Thursday afternoon at the Woburn Racquet Club.
Both teams came into the match unbeaten in the NE-10 at 9-0, and the win means Merrimack clinches the regular season title for a second straight season. The defeat snaps Bentley's six match winning streak.
The Falcons won the first-flight doubles match as senior Zach Tuckman (Kinnelon, N.J./Morristown Beard School) and junior Rodrigo Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Chapel School) beat Max Eppley and Sean Pahler 9-7. The Warriors though won the second and third-flight matches to lead 2-1 heading into singles.
The teams split the six singles matches, but it wasn't enough for Bentley to overcome its deficit.
Junior Lucas Wever (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Chapel School) claimed a 6-4, 6-4 win over Chris Barnhart in No. 1 singles, senior Alec Spycher (Sarasota, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal) bested Pahler 6-3, 6-3 in No. 5 singles and sophomore Andrew Waddington (Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) topped Chris Toegemann 7-6, 6-2 in No. 6 singles.
The Falcons close out the regular season at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday at noon.
At Woburn, Mass.
Merrimack 5, Bentley 4
1. Zach Tuckman/Rodrigo Ribeiro (BEN) def. Sean Pahler/Max Eppley (MER) 9-7
2. Vince Bellino/Chris Barnhart (MER) def. Alec Spycher/Raghav Tanna (BEN) 9-8
3. Petar Golijanin/Chris Toegemann (MER) def. Andrew Waddington/Lucas Wever (BEN) 8-3
1. Lucas Wever (BEN) def. Chris Barnhart (MER) 6-4, 6-4
2. Max Eppley (MER) def. Zach Tuckman (BEN) 6-1, 6-1
3. Petar Golijanin (MER) def. Rodrigo Ribeiro (BEN) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
4. Vince Bellino (MER) def. Jimmy Rindo (BEN) 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
5. Alec Spycher (BEN) def. Sean Pahler (MER) 6-3, 6-3
6. Andrew Waddington (BEN) def. Chris Toegemann (MER) 7-6, 6-2
Merrimack 14-7, 10-0 NE-10
Bentley 13-5, 9-1 NE-10