West Windsor, N.J. (April 18, 2019) - 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.
The No. 5 seeded Mountaineers will battle the No. 1 seeded Bryant Bulldogs in the NEC Semifinals tomorrow, April 19 at 11:30 AM.
Mount St. Mary's Men 4, Sacred Heart 2
1. Jackson Wood (MSMM) def. Seiji Hosokowa (SHU) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4
2. William Wibmer (SHU) def. Parth Sharma (MSMM) 6-2, 7-5
3. Gabriel Santos (MSMM) def. Chris Sause (SHU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Alonso Garcia (MSMM) def. CASALDUC, Lucca (SHU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
5. DEL VALLE, Francisco (SHU) vs. Jean Armstrong (MSMM) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 3-3, unfinished
6. EINSTOSS, Brian (SHU) def. Evan Hine (MSMM) 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (8-6)
1. Jackson Wood/Parth Sharma (MSMM) def. William Wibmer/Seiji Hosokowa (SHU) 6-3
2. Ayman Khan/CASALDUC, Lucca (SHU) def. Evan Hine/Jean Armstrong (MSMM) 6-4
3. Gabriel Santos/Alonso Garcia (MSMM) def. DEL VALLE, Francisco/Chris Sause (SHU) 6-4
2019 NEC Men's Tournament First Round
#4 Sacred Heart vs. #5 Mount St. Mary's