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NYIT Men’s Tennis improved to 4-1 this spring, including a big win over Philadelphia University which is #6 in the region. Again, the international cast of the Bears tennis team showed their stuff. Freshman Pedro Peixoto is 5-0 in singles and Dustin Wenchel is 4-0 in singles. Wenchel also earned his first East Coast Conference weekly honor as he was named Rookie of the Week. ” We started with a couple good victories which increased our chances to go to regional playoffs.” Peixoto says. Sophomore Julian Marcon also registered his first win of the season to close out the game at fourth singles. “Each point is important. My objective is to win the next one. Beyond that is another story”. Marcon says.

The Bears are getting quality wins against teams in the region and playing well overall, winning all the matches that they’ve expected to win. ”I am proud of our current success this spring,” says first-year head coach Chris Frusci. “I think it’s a direct correlation to our attitude and work ethic. We still have plenty of work to do if we want to continue on this path because our opponents are only going to get tougher. I hope we will continue to keep our positive attitude and not lose sight of our goal.”

How much work they need to do was evident when the bears travelled to Florida during the week of March 19th to play three teams that are ranked top 25 in the country-and lost all three. There were individual bright spots in the losses, however, Rookies Pedro Peixoto (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) and Eduardo Maurtua won doubles match against Florida Southern 8-4 at third doubles. Julian Marcon and Pedro Peixoto earned singles against Florida Institute of Technology while Eduardo Maurtua won his single match against Rollins College.

Coach Frusci saw the Florida road trip as valuable experience for his team. “It was good to compete against the top talent in the country because it gives us an idea where we stand and what we have to do get better”.

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