The New York Institute of Technology men’s tennis team won its fourth consecutive East Coast Conference (ECC) championship on Saturday, defeating Queens College 5-3 to capture the crown.
The Knights of Queens College took the early lead in this one thanks to its play on the doubles court. Queens got wins from Sharvill Nawghre and Roman Laga at first doubles and Federico Toscano and Ryan Frankel at third doubles to take the 2-1 advantage.
Matej Selecky showed why he was named the ECC Player of the Year, evening the match up at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Nawghre at first singles. Soon after, David Jiang beat Gabriel Mendez 6-3, 6-2 at the second singles spot to push the Bears ahead 3-2.
After Queens College got a win from Lucas Martinez at fifth singles to tie the match up once again, but the experienced NYIT squad quickly put an end to that. Rafal Charkiewicz defeated Frankel 6-3, 6-4 at fifth singles to give the Bears the advantage, and sophomore Alexandre Martinez clinched the championship the Bears.
Martinez defeated Toscano 6-3, 7-6 in the sixth singles match to give NYIT its fourth straight ECC title.
“Going into today’s final, we knew it was going to be a battle. Even though we defeated Queens earlier in the season, anything can happen in the postseason,” said NYIT head coach and ECC co-coach of the year Jason Pasion. “Playing indoors today made things more interesting as well. After going down 1-2, the team did not panic. They stayed focused and played aggressively in singles, allowing us to take home our fourth straight championship.
All season he team trained hard on and off the court. We are ecstatic that we were able to defend our reigning championship title and we are looking forward to the NCAA tournament.”
The Bears will now wait and see where they are seeded with the NCAA tournament selection show slated for Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.