Pioneers Compete In USTA Collegiate Invitational

Flushing Meadows, NY (September 23, 2012) – The Sacred Heart men's tennis team competed over the weekend in the United States Tennis Association Collegiate Invitational. The invitational was held at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center, one of the most famous venues in all of tennis and the same site as the U.S Open.  The tough field of teams included Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard as well as Northeast Conference teams Saint Francis (PA) and Fairleigh Dickinson.

A couple of freshman shined for the Pioneers in their first ever collegiate invitational. Matt Dean (Newington, CT) played well in both singles and doubles. He made it to the semi-finals in the H flight losing to eventual champion, Julian Philippe, in a tough three set match, 4-6; 7-6(3); 6-4. He defeated fellow NEC player Stefan Groot from Saint Francis (PA) in three sets (6-7(5); 7-5; 10-8) before falling eventually to Philippe. He also won the consolation draw of the fourth doubles flight competing with fellow freshman, Brian Power (Pelham, NY). They defeated a team from Fairfield University and Marist University on their way to winning the consolation draw.  Sophomore Justin Pagan (Flushing, NY) playing near his hometown won a match in the C Singles Flight defeating Eric Ward of Army, 3-6; 6-2; 10-7.

The Pioneers will next be in action this upcoming weekend at the UCONN Invitational in Storrs, Connecticut. 

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