WEST WINDSOR, NJ (April 15, 2011) - The top-seeded Sacred Heart men's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Northeast Conference Championship with a 4-0 opening win over St. Francis (NY) on Friday afternoon. The Pioneers move on to face the #4 seeded Monmouth Hawks on Saturday.
SHU opened by winning the doubles point thanks to wins at #2 and #3. Seniors Michael Syer (Oakville, Ontario) and Chris Ujkic (Mattituck, NY) beat Edward Alontaga and Martin Grunin, 8-1 at #2. Seniors Cole Conrad (Fairfield, CT) and Nick Mazzarese (Stonington, CT) gave the Pioneers the point with an 8-2 win over James Brennan-Tsang and Daniel Gonzalez.
The Pioneers moved on to singles play need to win just three of the six to win and move on. Senior Kirill Kasyanov (Yonkers, NY) delivered from his usual #1 slot, beating Tita Mba, 6-0, 6-1 for his 19th-straight victory. Ujkic did the job at #2 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Brennan-Tsang and Syer earned the victory for SHU with a 6-1, 6-1 win at #4 over Alex Tokarz.
Sacred Heart and Monmouth will square off for the second time this season, this time the winner will get a shot at the NEC title. The Pioneers earned a tight 4-3 win over the Hawks on the road back on March 26th. In the other semifinal, the #2 seed Fairleigh Dickinson Knights will battle defending champion and #3 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats.