Men’s Tennis Begins A New Season

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The Men’s Tennis Team is off and running with a 4-1 record to start the 2012-2013 season including a huge 6-3 win against number three regionally ranked Merrimack. “Playing against Merrimack, number 3 in the region, was kind of a must win game for us knowing that we had a shot for that second spot in the region.  We pulled it off and proved to ourselves that the goals we put in place for the team are in reach, says Van Eylen.”  With continued performances like this, the Bears could find themselves in the hunt for a top two spot in the region which would get them a birth into the national tournament.

The team is led by upperclassmen Mircea Dimofte and Filip Van Eylen who play number one and number two singles respectively for the Bears.  Although both are playing some good tennis as of late, it is being overlooked due to outstanding and consistent play from Niko Jubera and Jaime Salvador.  Jubera is undefeated this season with a 3-0 singles record.  His most impressive win came at the number six singles match against a very tough opponent from Merrimack who took him to a third set which Jubera ultimately won 11-9.  Salvador holds a respected 3-2 singles record to start his rookie season playing at the number four singles position for the Bears. His best win also came in the Merrimack match where he won a three set nail biter.

With both players having early success playing singles, Coach Frusci was not hesitant in pairing the spaniards up for doubles in the second spot. “Both Niko and Jaime are very talented players and continue to work hard at practice trying to improve every day. Hopefully they will continue their success in doubles as it’s helping our team tremendously, says Frusci.”  Both players were recently recognized by the ECC for their play; Jubera earning Player of the Week and Salvador earning Rookie of the Week accolades. After losing two great tennis players in Dustin Wenchel and Voja Pecikoza, Coach Frusci did an excellent job bringing in some quality players to fill their shoes and it’s showing in both practices and matches.  “Niko, Tomas, and Jaime have raised the level of practices and have lifted me to my best tennis since arriving at NYIT three years ago, says Van Eylen.  I’ve never been the most talented player but I try to do my part by sharing my experience with the young guys.”

With a mix of young talent and seasoned upperclassmen, look out for the NYIT Men’s Tennis Team to make noise in the national rankings this season and in the years to come.

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