The Adelphi men’s tennis team came up just short in its run to a Northeast-10 (NE-10) championship, as top-seed Southern New Hampshire beat the Panthers 5-2 in the conference’s title match on Sunday afternoon.
The doubles play of the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire (SNHU) started things off with wins at first and second doubles to take the early lead. Sander Brenner and Daniel Khodosh answered back for the Panthers with an 8-3 win over Jeremy Reichentahl and Sebastian Ramirez at third doubles, the pair’s fifth win in a row.
Xavier Aubron extended the Southern New Hampshire lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win at second singles, and even after Adelphi got a win from conference player of the year Matteo Cannavera at first singles, the Penmen would get wins from Tiago Fernandes and Sebastian Ramirez at fourth and fifth singles, respectively to clinch the match and the conference championship.
Adelphi will have to wait and see if the NCAA will give the Panthers an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The NCAA Division II selection show will be held on Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.
“We have had a testing season and the guys today gave it their all out on the court,” said interim head coach Joanna Haich. “Every player fought for every point and every player made sure it was not going to be an easy win for SNHU. It wasn’t the ending we all desired, but there is no doubt that the returning players will want to prove they are worthy of an NE-10 title and that the graduating seniors left their hearts out on the courts today.”