GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Third-seeded Bentley took down the final two singles matches of the evening as it rallied for its second consecutive Northeast-10 Conference title, downing top-seeded Southern New Hampshire 5-4 at the Allard Center on Saturday.
The Falcons, who avenged their 6-3 loss to SNHU during the regular season, improved to 13-7 and earned the NE-10’s automatic bid to next week’s NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championship. The Penmen saw an eight-match win streak snapped and are now 12-6 and will await word of a possible at-large bid to the NCAA field.
Down 4-3, Bentley captured victories at fifth and sixth singles to claim its fifth overall NE-10 tournament crown. Andrew Waddington took a 6-3, 6-2 win against John Niland at No. 6, while Victor Suski clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 against Tim Hamilton.
Bentley trailed 2-1 after doubles play. SNHU’s Juan Arango-Campo and Alex Mukdaprakorn were 8-5 winners at No. 1, while Bentley’s Alec Spycher and Zach Tuckman were 8-0 winners at No. 2. In third doubles, Niland and Hamilton rallied from a 5-2 deficit to post an 8-6 win against Suski and Waddington.
The Falcons took a 3-2 lead as they claimed the first two points of singles play. Ribeiro was a 6-3, 6-3 winner at No. 3, while Spycher took a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 4.
Southern New Hampshire grabbed the momentum and the lead as it posted wins at No. 1 and 2 singles. Arango-Campo tied the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Tuckman at No. 2, while Northeast-10 Player of the Year Mitchell Dobek avenged his only singles defeat during conference play, besting Lucas Wever 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (8-6).
Southern New Hampshire was making its first-ever appearance in the Northeast-10 championship match. The Penmen captured a share of their first-ever NE-10 regular-season title, finishing in a three-way tie for first with Bentley and Merrimack at 10-1.