Rams Win First-Ever Skyline Championship
#1 Farmingdale State - 5, #2 Mount Saint Mary - 2
Farmingdale, N.Y. - In just their fourth season as a Varsity program, the top-seeded Farmingdale State men's tennis team (12-2) defeated #2 seed Mount Saint Mary College, 5-2, today in the Skyline Conference Championship match to win their first-ever Championship. With the win, they claimed the conferences automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament.
The Rams started the day winning 2-of-3 doubles matches for the 2-1 lead going into singles play. Freshman and Tournament MVP Christian Bormann (Huntington, N.Y.) paired with senior Joe Passarella (Flushing, N.Y.) in a 9-7 win over the Knights' top doubles team of Greg Jacob and Stat Willard. At third doubles, senior Chris Genzmann (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman Joseph Falcetta (Deer Park, N.Y.) grabbed an 8-4 victory.
In singles play, Bormann defeated top singles player Mike McNicholas by a score of 6-4, 6-1 for the Rams third point of the day, leaving just two more wins needed in the five singles matches remaining to win the Championship.
Sophomore Alex Bessarabov (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) won the fourth match for the Rams, at third singles, defeating Willard 6-1, 6-2 for a 4-1 Rams lead. The fifth point came from Genzmann at sixth singles, as he defeated Zach Conlon 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) to secure his teams first-ever Skyline Championship.
The Rams will now await word of their opponent and site for the First Round match.