Hudson Valley Sports Report

MEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS: Marist falls at TCU in first round of NCAA Tournament

FORT WORTH, Tx. – The Marist College men’s tennis team fell in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships to fifth-seeded TCU, 4-0, Friday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The Red Foxes played tough in both doubles and singles but were unable to match the talent level on the court for the Horned Frogs. TCU would clinch the match with a victory by No. 39 Cameron Norrie over junior Fredrik Bjerke, 6-3, 6-2.

Senior captain Joseph Dube and freshman Jan Dernic suffered losses in singles as well, while matches featuring freshman Justin Chanthalangsy, freshman Rudolf Kurz and senior captain Matteo Giudici went unfinished.

Marist took multiple points in singles play but in total were unable to pry a set from TCU. The Red Foxes were defeated in doubles matches at the first position, 8-1, and second position, 8-4. In the third doubles position, the match featuring Dylan Fletcher and Kurz went unfinished.

“I was as proud of our guys at this tournament as I have been throughout the whole year,” said head coach Tim Smith. “It was a great tournament and they represented Marist terrifically.”

Overall the Red Foxes captured 31 total points combined in the matches played and exceeded the head coach’s expectations.

“I like to set realistic goals and prior to the match I had jotted down that if they won at least eight games in doubles it would be good and they did,” said Smith. “In singles, what I was hoping for was anywhere between 12 and 15 points and they wound up winning a total of 31.”

With the loss the Red Foxes conclude their season at 15-8 after capturing their 12th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and seventh in eight years. For seniors Dube and Giudici both end their individual careers over the 100 win mark and have been members of three conference winning teams.

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