LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Junior Jason Rothstein and freshman Ramy Bekhiet each posted their fourth-straight singles victory as the Monmouth University men’s tennis team defeated future Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe, Rider, 7-0, Thursday afternoon. With the victory, the Hawks improve to 4-4 on the season as it heads in to critical weekend of the season.
“It’s always a good trip when you come back with a win,” said Head Coach Cory Hubbard. “The guys went out and took care of business relatively quickly which will really help us out this weekend when we have a lot of tennis to play. The matches will get increasingly tougher over the next two weeks, so I hope we will continue to grow as a team and build upon what we have done so far this season. We will need to play with more energy and passion as the matches get tougher.”
The Hawks opened up by sweeping the doubles point. The duo of Freddy Marcinkowski and Bekhiet edged Stephen Brand and Matt DiMartino, 8-6, and Rothstein and Prezant cruised to an 8-2 win over Ryan Carpenter and Nick Lubold. Eric Pierce and Joe Talafous completed the clean sweep for the Blue and White, scoring an 8-5 win over Mike Gershon and Drew Laverty.
Playing No. 1 singles, Marcinkowski cruised to a win over Band, 6-1, 6-0, while Bekhiet, the reigning Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, held off Drew Laverty for a 6-3, 6-2 win, his fifth victory in his last six matches. Prezant blanked Ryan Carpenter 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles, while Rothstein’s 6-1, 6-1 win over DiMartino gave the junior his fourth-straight singles win. Pierce posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles to close out the afternoon for the Blue and White.
“We are very excited about the next 3-4 days as we have some big home matches,” added Hubbard. “Saturday morning vs. SFU is a big NEC match and we will need a lot of support from the students and fans. On Sunday, we are hosting a big event to encourage students, fans and the community to come out to our MU Tennis Smash where we will have free pizza and a chance at a $500 cash prize. It will be a lot of fun and even if you don’t know much about tennis, I promise it will be an exciting and fun environment.”
Monmouth is back in action on Saturday, April 6th, as it welcomes in the Red Flash of Saint Francis (Pa.) for a 10:30 a.m. NEC tilt.
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1. MARCINKOWSKI, FREDDY (MU-M) def. Brand, Stephen (RID) 6-1, 6-0
2. BEKHIET, Ramy (MU-M) def. Laverty, Drew (RID) 6-3, 6-2
3. PREZANT, Jason (MU-M) def. Carpenter, Ryan (RID) 6-0, 6-0
4. ROTHSTEIN, Jason (MU-M) def. DiMartino, Matt (RID) 6-1, 6-1
5. PIERCE, Eric (MU-M) def. Gershon, Mike (RID) 6-3, 6-2
6. No player (MU-M) def. No player (RID), by forfeit
1. MARCINKOWSKI, FREDDY/BEKHIET, Ramy (MU-M) def. Brand, Stephen/DiMartino, Matt (RID) 8-6
2. PREZANT, Jason/ROTHSTEIN, Jason (MU-M) def. Carpenter, Ryan/Lubold, Nick (RID) 8-2
3. PIERCE, Eric/TALAFOUS, Joe (MU-M) def. Laverty, Drew/Gershon, Mike (RID) 8-5