MEN'S TENNIS FALLS TO FDU IN NEC CHAMPIONSHIP, 4-0
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Fairleigh Dickinson won the doubles point and the first three singles matches finished to defeat the Monmouth University men's tennis team, 4-0, in the NEC Championship Match Sunday morning at the Mercer County Tennis Center. With the loss, the Hawks finish their season at 8-12 (5-4 NEC), while the Knights (15-8, 7-0 NEC) advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The Knights won, 8-2, at both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take the first point of the match. Arvis Berzins and Ibrahim Shams defeated Freddy Marcinkowski (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) and Francis Jedlinski (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold Township) at No. 1, while Mark Hemy and Peter Skvarka defeated Jason Rothstein (Pine Brook, N.J.) and Carl Jedlinski (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold Township) at No. 3. The No. 2 doubles match between David Sherwood (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands)/Laurence Heads (Stockton-on-Tees, England/Repton School) and Dominic Hemy/Marco Jemersic was halted at 5-5.
The Knights quickly took a 3-0 advantage as Shams defeated Francis Jedlinski, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 and Dominic Hemy beat Rothstein, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 6. Berzins clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-4, victory over Marcinkowski at No. 1.
Heads trailed Yuri Gricheno, 7-6, 3-1, when the No. 3 match was halted, while Carl Jedlinski took the first set against Mark Hemy, 6-2, before trailing, 4-1, in the second set when the match was stopped. Sherwood was close to evening his match against Skvarka after dropping the first set, 6-2. Sherwood led the second set, 5-2, when the match was stopped.