WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – In its first home match of the spring season, the Monmouth University men’s tennis team cruised past visiting Post University, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the MU Tennis Complex. With the win, the Hawks even their record to 3-3 on the year, while the Eagles fall to 3-8 overall.
"It was a great home opener as we try and establish a real home court advantage and fun environment for fans,” said head coach Cory Hubbard. “I was very happy with the start we had in doubles. Our guys came out and got early breaks and were able to relax allowing us to play loose and confident.”
Playing at No. 1 doubles, the duo of sophomore Freddy Marcinkowski (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) and freshman Ramy Bekhiet (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville) downed Nico Tradros and John Young, 8-2. Junior Jason Rothstein and rookie Jason Prezant (Montvale, N.J./Pascack Hills) earned an 8-1 win over Matheus Garcia and Peter Fanous at No. 2 doubles to earn the point for the Blue and White. The Hawks registered the clean sweep of the doubles point as freshmen Eric Pierce (Barrington, R.I./Barrington) and Joe Talafous (Jersey City, N.J./Hundson Catholic Regional) edged Dreshawn Lewis and Danny Bonamassa, 8-4.
In singles play, Bekheit rolled in the first match, scoring a 6-0, 6-1, win over Fanous at No. 2 singles. Pierce followed suit, blanking Garcia 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 single, while Rothstein, playing No. 3, earned the 6-0, 6-1 win over Young. Prezant sealed the Monmouth win, earning a 6-0, 6-2, win against Lewis at No. 4, before Talafous posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over Bonamassa. Tadros gave the Hawks the most trouble, but Marcinkowski, playing No. 1 singles, was up for the task. The All-Northeast Conference player held off Tadros, 7-6, in the opening set, but the Eagle responded in the second set with a 7-6 victory of his own. In the decisive third set, Marcinkowski registered a 10-5 win to give the Blue and White its second-straight shutout.
“We have a tough stretch of matches coming up in the next two weeks and we will need to play with more energy as the matches get tougher,” added Hubbard. “Every guy has really improved individually as we have done a lot of individual work on technique and tactics since I got here. I think the guys are feeling more confident with the changes and starting to use certain tactics and set plays that I have tried to incorporate from my playing experience. I am really proud of the progress we have made and hearing people close to the program comment on the culture change means we are heading in the right direction."
Monmouth will welcome Villanova into West Long Branch on Tuesday, April 2nd. First serve is slated for 2:30 p.m. from the MU Tennis Complex.
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Tennis Match Results
Post vs Monmouth
3/30/2013 at West Long Branch, N.J.
Monmouth 7, Post 0
1. MARCINKOWSKI, FREDDY (MU-M) def. TADROS, Nicholas (POST) 7-6, 6-7, 10-5
2. BEKHIET, Ramy (MU-M) def. FANOUS, Peter (POST) 6-0, 6-1
3. ROTHSTEIN, Jason (MU-M) def. YOUNG, Jonathyn (POST) 6-0, 6-1
4. PREZANT, Jason (MU-M) def. LEWIS, Dreshawn (POST) 6-0, 6-2
5. PIERCE, Eric (MU-M) def. GARCIA, Mateus (POST) 6-0, 6-0
6. TALAFOUS, Joe (MU-M) def. BONAMASSA, Danny (POST) 6-1, 6-2
1. MARCINKOWSKI, FREDDY/BEKHIET, Ramy (MU-M) def. TADROS, Nicholas/YOUNG, Jonathyn (POST) 8-2
2. PREZANT, Jason/ROTHSTEIN, Jason (MU-M) def. FANOUS, Peter/GARCIA, Mateus (POST) 8-1
3. PIERCE, Eric/TALAFOUS, Joe (MU-M) def. LEWIS, Dreshawn/BONAMASSA, Danny (POST) 8-4