#5 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-17, 2-3 NEC) vs. #1 BRYANT (18-10, 5-0 NEC)
Friday, April 19, 11:30 AM
West Windsor, N.J. | Mercer County Tennis Center
2019 NEC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 18, 12:30 PM
#1 Bryant - BYE
#2 Wagner - BYE
#3 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #6 St. Francis Brooklyn
#4 Sacred Heart vs. #5 Mount St. Mary's
Friday, April 19, 11:30 AM
#1 Bryant vs. #5 Mount St. Mary's
#2 Wagner vs. #3 Fairleigh Dickinson
Saturday, April 20, 1:00 PM
The No. 5 seeded Mount St. Mary's men's tennis team edged No. 4 seeded Sacred Heart 4-2 on Thursday afternoon in the Quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference (NEC) Championships. Freshman Alonso Garcia, sophomore Jackson Wood, and junior Gabriel Santos led the Mountaineers with doubles and singles flight wins on the day. With the win, Mount St. Mary's has reached the tournament Semifinals for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.
The Mount earned the point from doubles action after they took the number one and number three flights. Wood and Parth Sharma defeated Wibmer/Hosokowa 6-3 in the first flight that set the tone for Mount St. Mary's. In the third flight, Santos and Garcia clinched the doubles point after they clipped Del Valle and Sause 6-4.
The Mountaineers began singles competition up 1-0 in the match thanks to the doubles point. Five of the six singles flights went into the third tie-breaker set in a hard fought match. Jackson Wood put the Mount up 2-0 after he tallied a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 win in the first flight before the Pioneers grabbed wins in the number two and six flights that evened the match. With the score tied at two apiece, Mount Gabriel Santos rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at the #3 spot over Chris Sause. Just moments later, Alonso Garcia clinched the match with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 win at the #4 spot over Sacred Heart's Lucca Casalduc Pla that sent Mount St. Mary's into the Semifinals.
Singles victories: Jackson Wood (12), Alonso Garcia (12), Gabriel Santos (11)
Doubles victories: Parth Sharma (17), Wood (15), Jean Armstrong (11), Evan Hine (11)
Duo victories: Wood/Sharma (15), Armstrong/Hine (8) Santos/Garcia (7)
The Bulldogs began the Northeast Conference Championships with a first round bye after they earned the No. 1 seed. The Bryant University men's tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a 7-0 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at the Bryant Tennis Courts.
The Bulldogs were able to grab the doubles point with victories at 1 and 3. Brothers Mike Plutt and Scott Plutt teamed up at No. 1 to win 6-2. Philip Belmatch and Andrew Corrado were able to clinch the point at 3.
In singles, the Bulldogs won five of the six matches in straight sets. Corrado was the lone Bulldog to need a third set as he won an abbreviated set 1-0 (8). Anshumat Srivastava picked up a win at 5, 6-2, 6-3.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE BULLDOGS
Bryant owns a 5-0 all-time record against Mount St. Mary's and won the most recent matchup earlier this year 7-0 on a neutral site in Annapolis, Md.
LAST YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mount St. Mary's earned the fifth seed in last year's NEC Tournament, and was defeated by four-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-2, in quarterfinal action. Bryant topped Fairleigh Dickinson in a 4-0 decision the following day in the semifinals. They met Wagner in the Championship the next day, where they won 4-0.
#2 WAG def. #7 SFBK, 4-2
#3 SFU def. #6 SHU, 4-1
#4 FDU def. #5 MSM, 4-2
#2 WAG def. #3 SFU, 4-3
#1 BRY def. #4 FDU, 4-0
#1 BRY def. #2 WAG, 4-0
The Mount earned the fifth seed in the NEC Tournament for the fifth time in program history since the championships moved to a team-flighted event in 1999.
No. 1 seed – N/A
No. 2 seed – one time (2005)
No. 3 seed – three times (2003, 2004, 2006)
No. 4 seed – three times (2012, 2013, 2015)
No. 5 seed – five times (2007, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2019)
No. 6 seed – six times (1999, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016)
No. 7 seed – N/A
No. 8 seed – N/A
No. 9 seed – N/A
No. 10 seed – three times (2000, 2001, 2002)