Thomas and SUNY Delhi Advance to Championship Match

 

SEMIFINAL 1: No. 1 Thomas  5 / No. 4 NVU-Lyndon 0

Thomas swept all three doubles matches to start the first semifinal match. No. 1 doubles Ryan Chasse and Kaleb Payson prevailed over NVU-Lyndon No. 1 doubles pair Patrick Wickstrom and Neal Mulligan, 8-3. Thomas second and third doubles Jared Waterhouse/Yontz Sutton and Charles Naranja/Jose Afonso won their matches 8-0 and 8-2, against NVU-Lyndon duos Muhktar Abdullahi/Kyle Leighton and Abu Hassan/Zach Falkenburg, respectively.

NAC Player of the Year for Thomas, Ryan Chasse won the first singles match over Hornet's No. 1 Patrick Wickstrom, 6-0, 6-2.  NAC Senior Scholar Athlete recipient Christo Naranja secured the win for the Terriers with a 6-3, 6-0 win at five singles against Zach Falkenburg.

 

SEMIFINAL 2: No. 2 MCLA 4 / No. 3 SUNY Delhi 5

SUNY Delhi prevailed in the dramatic second semifinal match against MCLA, avenging a loss to the Trailblazers (5-4) on April 18. The Broncos started strong, faced a tenacious comeback by the Trailblazers, and pulled out the win. The Delhi pair of Marcos Andrino and Chris Balogh won the first doubles match 8-4 against MCLA's Cal Najimy and Matt Bluteau. MCLA's third doubles pair of Bri Higgins and Mackenna Jordan won the next match 8-5 over Brody Rettle and Mike Zerniak. The second doubles match went to a tiebreak set, with Payton Dean and Jake Robinson ultimately beating Nick Castle and Sam Gawron 8-7 (10-4), and giving the Broncos a 2-1 lead.

SUNY Delhi No. 2 Chris Balogh won the first singles set to finish, 6-3, 6-0. His teammate and No. 3 singles player, Payton Dean prevailed 6-1, 6-1 to put the Broncos up 4-1.

MCLA No. 1 Cal Najimy pulled out a three-set win after dropping the first set (4-6, 6-3, 6-3), and moved the overall score to 4-2. Trailblazer No. 4 Sam Gawron won the next match to finish (6-2, 6-2), followed by another three-set MCLA win at No. 5 singles by Mohamed Mahrous (4-6, 7-5, 7-5) to tie the match at four-all.

No. 6 singles were left to battle it out. Bronco Jake Robinson won the first set 6-2 before Trailblazer Bri Higgins roared back for a 6-2 win in the second set. Robinson pulled away in the third set (6-1) to lift the Broncos to the win. (Robinson and Higgins pictured)

Thomas and SUNY Delhi will now face off for the NAC East Championship title and the right to play against NEAC Champion Lancaster Bible for the crossover championship.

The NAC has partnered with the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in the sport of men's tennis since the 2010 season. The NAC competes as associate members of the NEAC, with each conference divided into an East and West Division. Each division holds a championship and the two divisional champions meet to determine the conference champion. The winner of the NEAC/NAC East Division Championship will face the NEAC/NAC West Division Champion in a crossover championship match on May 5 at the Tri-City Tennis Club in Latham, N.Y.