QUINCY, Mass.- The second-seeded Eastern Nazarene College men's tennis team will travel to top-seed Nichols Saturday for the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship. The Lions and Bison met in last season's title match with Nichols prevailing 5-3.
Location: Nichols College Tennis Courts | Dudley, Mass.
Time: 12:00 pm
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
Eastern Nazarene finished the regular season with a 16-3 overall record to go with a 7-1 league mark to capture the No. 2 seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. The Lions blanked Roger Williams 5-0 in the semifinals. Nichols captured the CCC Regular Season crown with an 8-0 record in league play and owns an 18-3 overall mark. The top-seeded Bison swept Endicott 5-0 in the semifinal round.
CCC TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
Eastern Nazarene has reached the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament 10 times in program history, including each of the past eight seasons. The Lions have advanced to the CCC semifinals four times and reached the CCC Championship match last season.
ENC vs. NICHOLS – SERIES HISTORY:
Eastern Nazarene and Nichols have met 39 times on the courts with the Bison holding a 32-7 edge. The Lions dropped a 6-3 decision earlier this season at Nichols.
LEAGUE LAURELS :
Junior Alex Partyka (Moscow, Russia) repeated as Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year while 15th-year head coach Cristian Popa was named the CCC Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive season. Partyka also picked up his third-straight All-CCC first team singles nod. Sophomore Henry Siercke (Hamburg, Germany) was tabbed to the All-CCC second team in singles. Sophomore Laurent Ruttkowski (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) earned All-CCC third team honors. The doubles tandem of Partyka and Ruttkowski collected All-CCC first team doubles accolades as well.