WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Freshman Ramy Bekhiet earned the lone point for the Monmouth University men’s tennis team, which fell to visiting Saint Francis (Pa.), 6-1, in a Northeast Conference match Saturday morning at the MU Tennis Courts.
"Today was a great college match and our first real pressure situations,” stated head coach Cory Hubbard. “Unfortunately, we did a poor job closing out matches and closing out sets. We lost 6-1, but we were about 2-3 points away from winning this match if we can execute and convert set points and match points. I have to credit SFU because they battled hard when we had a lot of matches in control,” continued Hubbard. “Today was by far the best energy we displayed in doubles and Freddy and Ramy were outstanding."
In doubles play, Monmouth’s (4-5, 1-1 NEC) No. 3 team of Joe Talafous and Eric Pierce dropped their match 8-1, but the No. 1 tandem of Freddy Marcinkowski and Bekhiet picked up their teammates with an 8-2 win over Washi Gervais and Sergio Carvajal. With the doubles point up for grabs, Jason Rothstein and Jason Prezant were edged in a highly contested battle with Lawson Barter and Andrews Rosa, 9-8.
Bekhiet, who was earned the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honor last week, ran his singles win streak to five matches with his No. 2 singles victory. The freshman, who has registered a triumph in six of his last seven matches, cruised to a first set 6-3 victory over Rosa and held on for a 7-6 win in the second set to earn the point for the Hawks. With Gervais cramping toward the end of the second set, Marcinkowski had the chance to put another point up for MU, but the Red Flash’s No. 1 singles player closed out the tiebreaker session with a 10-6 victory. Rothstein took Chris Jimenez into a third set at No. 5 singles, but fell 0-6, 7-5, 6-4 as the Red Flash captured their first victory over the Hawks.
Hubbard continued, "Typically when you lose a close doubles point, it really affects you in singles, but our guys came out strong and it looked like we had a really good chance to pick up four singles wins. This was a good learning experience and we are getting better so hopefully by conference we can pull these matches out."
After a long Sunday with three games on the slate, the Hawks will welcome in another NEC foe to the MU Tennis Courts as Quinnipiac travels to West Long Branch, N.J. for a 2:30 p.m. match.
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Tennis Match Results
Saint Francis (Pa.) vs Monmouth
4/6/2013 at West Long Branch, N.J.
Saint Francis (Pa.) 6, Monmouth 1
1. GERVAIS, Washi (SFU) def. MARCINKOWSKI, FREDDY (MU-M) 6-4, 3-6, 10-6
2. BEKHIET, Ramy (MU-M) def. ROSA, Andres (SFU) 6-3, 7-6
3. CARVAJAL, Sergio (SFU) def. PREZANT, Jason (MU-M) 7-5, 6-0
4. BARTER, Lawson (SFU) def. PIERCE, Eric (MU-M) 6-0, 6-4
5. JIMENEZ, Chris (SFU) def. ROTHSTEIN, Jason (MU-M) 0-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. PARDO, Juan (SFU) def. TALAFOUS, Joe (MU-M) 6-1, 6-2
1. MARCINKOWSKI, FREDDY/BEKHIET, Ramy (MU-M) def. GERVAIS, Washi/CARVAJAL, Sergio (SFU) 8-2
2. ROSA, Andres/BARTER, Lawson (SFU) def. PREZANT, Jason/ROTHSTEIN, Jason (MU-M) 9-8
3. JIMENEZ, Chris/PARDO, Juan (SFU) def. TALAFOUS, Joe/PIERCE, Eric (MU-M) 8-1