| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Photo courtesy of Adelphi University Athletics

The Adelphi men’s tennis team is heading back to the Northeast-10 championship match for the second straight season as the Panthers downed Merrimack 5-1 in a semifinal showdown on Friday, a rematch of last year’s conference championship.

The first win for the Panthers came in the third doubles slot, as Daniel Khodosh and Sander Brenner defeated Nick Majewski and Tyler Clontz 8-2 to put Adelphi on the board. Adelphi would jump ahead 2-0 after NE-10 Player of the Year Matteo Cannavera and Uladzislau Litvinchuk won 8-4 at first doubles.

The Panthers would drop the second doubles contest, but the singles play did its job. Cannavera nailed down a 6-1, 6-4 win over Mikhail Belov in the top spot, Litvinchuk beat Nick Majewski at second singles, and Khodosh sealed the Adelphi victory with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph against Tayyab Sheikh.

“The men came in ready to win today and their determination proved that with a great start in doubles and singles,” said Adelphi interim head coach Joanna Haich. “We look forward to making another appearance in the NE-10 final on Sunday.”

In the final, Adelphi will take on the winner of top-seed Southern New Hampshire and fourth-seed Bentley.