| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Three-time defending East Coast Conference (ECC) champions New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) made its way back into the conference title game, defeating St. Thomas Aquinas 5-0 in a semifinal matchup on Friday morning.

NYIT’s first point on Friday came from the third doubles pair of Rafal Charkiewicz and Rares Ispas, who notched an 8-0 win over Gilberto Lantigua and Bryan Mannine to get things rolling for the Bears. After wins from David Jiang and Matej Selecky at first doubles and Tomas Lieb and Alexandre Martinez at second doubles, NYIT needed to win just two more flights for the victory.

Martinez rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 at sixth singles and Lieb clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lantigua at fourth singles to put NYIT back into the ECC title game.

The Bears will meet the winner of Queens College and the District of Columbia in Saturday’s championship.

Before Friday’s match, some members of the team were honored by the conference. Selecky was named the ECC Player of the Year, while head coach Jason Pasion was named Co-Coach of the Year along with Queens College’s Somadi Druker.