April 24, 2013

PRIDE ADVANCE TO SECOND STRAIGHT NECC CHAMPIONSHIP

WESTON, Mass. – Regis College jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles play and never looked back, defeating the #4Becker College Hawks, 8-1 in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Semifinal match on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the number one seeded Pride (11-8) claim their eleventh win in a row and will return to the NECC Championship for the second consecutive year.

Michael Beluch (Lynn, Mass.), Andy White (Bozeman, Mont.), Jeff Parish (Framingham, Mass.), and Sophorn Nop (Lowell, Mass.) each won their respective singles and doubles matches to lead the Pride.

Beluch and Parrish got things started for Regis, taking down freshman Troy Scott (Lambs Grove, Iowa) and senior Branden Parkhouse (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), 8-4 in No. 1 doubles. White and freshman Austin Nace (Sarasota, Fla.) also won by virtue of an 8-4 score in second doubles. The duo beat the Hawk's Viktor Tuurala (Stockholm, Sweden) and David Graham (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) to claim the point.

Nop and senior Matt Smolko (Pelham, N.H.) put Regis ahead, 3-0 after defeating Devon Dubuque (Cranston, R.I.) and Brittan Morris (Cedar Park, Texas) at No. 3 doubles, 8-5.

In singles play, Beluch and Nop were each able to handle Scott and Dubuque in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) at the No. 1 and No. 4 positions, respectively. Beluch's win put the Pride ahead, 4-0, while Nop clinched the victory by giving Regis the 5-0 lead.

White and Parrish extended the lead after each claiming singles wins. White defeated Parkhouse (6-0, 7-5) at second doubles, followed by a close match at third singles that Parrish was ultimately able to come away with over Graham (6-4, 7-6, 7-4).

The Hawks, who conclude the season with a 5-6 mark, received their lone win of the day from Morris at No. 6 singles. The freshman beat Smolko via 6-0, 6-4 set scores to spoil a Pride sweep.

Regis' Mouhamed Diallo (Boston, Mass.) wrapped up the match by defeating Tuurala at fifth singles for the 8-1 final. Diallo won a tiebreaker in the first set, and after dropping the second set, 1-6, the senior was able to take the final set, 10-7 for the win.

The Pride will host the NECC Championship on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. They will face the winner of the other NECC Semifinal, which is between #2 Lesley and #3 Mitchell.

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