NJCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship Will Be Decided on Final DayMay 14, 2014
Plano, TX -- The Gloucester County (N.J.) Roadrunners are the four-time defending NJCAA DIII Men's Tennis Champions and they will be in the running for a fifth consecutive title on Thursday, May 15th in Plano, Texas.
This year will be a little different for the Roadrunners though as they will be the underdog. Gloucester currently trails Nassau (N.Y.) and Suffolk (N.Y.) in the team standings heading into the tournament’s final day. Both Nassau and Suffolk have 21 total team points and will compete in five of nine championship finals flights on Thursday. Gloucester has 20 team points and will be in four championship flights. Play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. (Central) with the six flights of championship singles matches followed by the three doubles championship matches.
The first two days of the tournament were played at the brand new facility at the University of Texas at Dallas. The 10 court facility saw some very competitive tennis and some upsets over two days of play.
At the number one singles flight, defending national champion Maclane Smoke from Brookdale easily moved to the championship round and will face Roey Heymann from Nassau. Heymann was named the NJCAA DIII Coaches Association Player of the Year before the tournament.
At number two singles, top-seeded Mike Nelson from Nassau will face David Selt from Bergen (N.J.) who defeated No. 2 seed Nick Louis of Gloucester in the semifinals.
At number three singles, No. 1 seed Sebastian Alvarez will take on No. 2 seed Jace Koretz from Nassau. At number four singles it will be second-seeded Ezio Cecere of Bergen taking on Matt Perrone from Gloucester who took out top see Dan Baruch from Nassau in one of most exciting matches of the second day. Perrone trailed a set and was down 0-4 in the second before storming back for the win.
At number five singles, top seed Peter Siv from Gloucester will take on Anthony Fazio from Suffolk who knocked off No. 2 seed Donnell Slay from Nassau. At number six singles, another upset rattled the bracket as Stephen Cumberbatch from Suffolk defeated top seed Dan Klein in the semifinals and will take on No. 2 seed Derek Gillespie in the finals.
Nassau is the favorite in No. 1 doubles and will face Suffolk. Bergen is the top seed in the second flight of doubles competition and No. 2 Nassau. In third doubles, top seeded Suffolk will take on second seeded Gloucester.
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