NYIT Men’s Tennis Earns Program’s First NCAA Berth
April 26, 2012
Filed under Sports
The NYIT tennis program is no stranger to making waves in the East Region this season. The latest for the second-year men’s tennis team is earning the No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA East Regional.
The Bears will face a familiar foe in the third-seeded Firebirds of University of D.C. at host-Southern New Hampshire on Monday, April 30. First serve is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The winner of the match will take on the winner of the Southern New Hampshire/Queens match on Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m.
“I am extremely proud of our guys for earning a spot in the regionals,:” said first-year head coach Chris Frusci. “This is what it’s all about. This is why you compete at this level. I believe we deserved this opportunity and now we get to showcase our talent and hardwork against a very good UDC team. I believe in our team and so do the guys. We will be sure to give our best fight.”
NYIT went 11-11 on the season and 2-2 in East Coast Conference play is led by ECC Rookie of the Year Pedro Peixoto (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), who has had an impressive rookie campaign for the Bears. He currently holds a 17-10 record in singles play, most of which came at the No. 2 spot, and a 14-10 mark in doubles. Peixoto also was the ITA East Regional Men’s B Draw runner-up.
UDC and NYIT have met three times this season, once in the fall and twice during the traditional spring season, including a semifinal match in the ECC Tournament. All three matches were played in Washington, D.C., and the Firebirds were victorious each time.
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