SHU Tennis Set for NEC Tournament

SHU Tennis Set for NEC Tournament

Fairfield, CT – The Sacred Heart men's and women's tennis teams head to the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, NJ this weekend to compete at the 2013 Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament. The women's squad has been seeded fifth, while the men are the seventh seed.


The Sacred Heart women's tennis team finished the season with an overall record of 8-10 and a NEC record of 2-4. Freshmen Paige Olson (Sykesville, MD) and Lindsay Post (Danbury, CT) lead the way for the Pioneers, both notching a team high 11 wins in dual matches this season. Junior Gabi Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) has gone 8-10 this season at the number one spot.


As the fifth seed, the Pioneers will face off against the fourth seeded Bryant Bulldogs on Friday morning. Bryant defeated SHU, 4-3, less than two weeks ago on April 6th. The Pioneers got wins from Lindsey Post and Paige Olson at #4 and #5 singles. SHU also secured the doubles point over Bryant with wins from Katie DeRienzo (Douglaston, NY) and Post at two doubles and Olson and Alyssa Migliorini (North Haven) at three doubles. 


Head Coach Mike Guastelle had this to say about the match-up with the Bulldogs:

"We had an extremely close match with them (Bryant) in early April and I expect another battle on Friday. We just need to be more consistent in our play from the top of our lineup through the bottom. As I have told the girls throughout the year, we are a very young (starters include 4 freshmen) but talented team and are good enough to beat anyone in our conference."

If the Pioneers were to get past Bryant they would face the top seed, Fairleigh Dickinson in the semis. SHU has lost to Quinnipiac in the semi-finals the past two seasons.

The SHU men's team closed the regular season with an overall record of 5-12 and a 2-4 record in the NEC. Sophomore Justin Pagan (Flushing, NY) led the Pioneers with a 9-7 (3-2 NEC) singles record in dual matches this season. Freshman James Barnhart (Longmeadow, MA) has played the majority of the season at the top spot of the Sacred Heart order.

SHU will take on the tenth seeded Wagner Seahawks in round one on Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers were scheduled to face Wagner this season but it was postponed and never rescheduled.

After winning the Northeast Conference Tournament in 2011, Sacred Heart was seeded fifth last season, falling to Mount St. Mary's in the quarterfinals by the score of 4-2.


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