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GNAC MEN'S TENNIS SEMIFINALS: Ramapo, Regis (Mass.) Advance to Next Weekend's Championship


Courtesy of Ramapo & Regis Athletics Communications

Great Northeast Athletic Conference South Division top seed Ramapo College advanced to the 2018 GNAC Men's Tennis Tournament Championship with a 5-0 win over Rutgers-Newark University Son aturday afternoon at the Athletic Center in Mahwah, N.J., while Regis (Mass.) booked its ticket to the GNAC Final with a 5-1 win over Johnson & Wales University (RI) at the Regis Tennis Center in Weston, Mass.  Ramapo will now host Regis next Saturday, May 5 with an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament on the line. It will be the first-ever GNAC Championship appearance in any sport for first-year GNAC member Regis, while Ramapo will be seeking its sixth consecutive GNAC crown. 

Ramapo improves to 10-6 overall while the Scarlet Raiders stand at 5-9 overall. The Roadrunners took all three doubles matches before Mike Abelev (6-1, 6-0) and Cal Cacciaquida (6-2, 6-0) wrapped up the match with wins at second and fifth singles respectively. Ramapo, the #1 seed in the South Division will now take on the winner of the other semifinal match in the North Division in #1 Regis (MA) and #2 Johnson & Whales.
For Regis, Johnny Pallotta (Bay Shore, N.Y.) won the match-clincher at fifth singles in straight sets to lift the Pride to a finals matchup at Ramapo next Saturday, May 5 at the Athletic Center in Mahwah, N.J. Ramapo blanked Rutgers-Newark today in the other GNAC semifinal. The Pride was in good shape after sweeping doubles play. Kyle Dugat (Houston, Texas) and Owen Pelissier (Hingham, Mass.) put Regis up after an 8-1 win at the three over Jack Hopkins (Hamilton, Mass.) and Robert Kliskey (Manchester, N.H.). Pallotta and Nolan Bebarta (Danville, Calif.) were next to finish with an 8-3 win at the two then, on the No. 1 court, Chris Harrow (North Reading, Mass.) and Luke Horton (Bass Harbor, Maine) edged Ryan Schiele (Lusby, Md.) and Gianni Rodrigues (Milton, Mass.) 9-8 (2) to put the Pride in the drivers seat.

Mitchell Weiner (Plano, Texas) dominated Kliskey 6-1, 6-0 on the No. 6 court as the first singles finisher. Gunnar Mahoney (Honolulu, O'ahu) swept Cam Charbonneau (Guilford, Conn.) at the four to give JWU its lone win but shortly after, Pallotta polished off Hopkins 6-3, 6-2 as the team celebrated with Pallotta on the court.

Ramapo 5, Rutgers-Newark 0

Singles competition
1. Willen Feygin (RCNJMT) vs. Brandon Davis (RUN) unfinished
2. Mike Abelev (RCNJMT) def. Veer Kachiapatel (RUN) 6-1, 6-0
3. Kevin Ilinets (RCNJMT) vs. Alan Yu (RUN) unfinished
4. Brendan Hines (RCNJMT) vs. Richard Nguyen (RUN) unfinished
5. Cal Cacciaquida (RCNJMT) def. Kevin Martin (RUN) 6-2, 6-0
6. Justin Rinaldi (RCNJMT) vs. Vihang Patel (RUN) unfinished


Doubles competition
1. Willen Feygin/Adam Patrovics (RCNJMT) def. Brandon Davis/Veer Kachiapatel (RUN) 8-0
2. Kevin Ilinets/Mike Abelev (RCNJMT) def. Richard Nguyen/Kevin Martin (RUN) 8-2
3. Cal Cacciaquida/Brendan Hines (RCNJMT) def. Alan Yu/Vihang Patel (RUN) 8-2

Regis 5, Johnson & Wales 1
Singles competition
1. Chris Harrow (RC) vs. Ryan Schiele (JWU) unfinished
2. Luke Horton (RC) vs. Gianni Rodrigues (JWU) unfinished
3. Alexander Rohana (JWU) vs. Nolan Bebarta (RC) unfished
4. Gunnar Mahoney (JWU) def. Cam Charbonneau (RC) 6-3, 6-3
5. Johnny Pallotta (RC) def. Jack Hopkins (JWU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Mitchell Weinerl (RC) def. Marco Saldierna (JWU) 6-1, 6-0 

Doubles competition
1. Chris Harrow/Luke Horton (RC) def. Ryan Schiele/Gianni Rodrigues (JWU) 9-8 (2)
2. Nolan Bebarta/Johnny Pallotta (RC) def. Alexander Rohana/Gunnar Mahoney (JWU) 8-3
3. Kyle Dugat/Owen Pelissier (RC) def. Jack Hopkins/Marco Saldierna (JWU) 8-1 

Match Notes:
Johnson & Wales: 4-6
Regis: 13-5 

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,5)

Saturday, April 28 - Semifinals
Match 1: #1N Regis (Mass.) 5, #2N JWU 1
Match 2: #1S Ramapo 5, #2S Rutgers-Newark 0

Saturday, May 5 - Championship
Match 3: #1N Regis (Mass.) at #1S Ramapo - Time TBD

Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement. 

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