Flash ends regular season on a tear, preps for NEC tourney
Sergio Carvajal
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HARTFORD, Conn. (April 16, 2012) – The Saint Francis U. men's tennis team finished its season with a flourish by posting a 3-0 record – including a pair of Northeast Conference wins – over the weekend.  The Red Flash notched, 4-0, victories against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Wagner on Saturday then earned, 4-3, decision against Harford on Sunday.

Its seven regular season wins are the most for SFU since the 2000-01 season when it went 14-7.  The winner of five of its last seven matches, the Flash now awaits its draw in Friday's opening round of the NEC Tournament.

The Flash earned the doubles point in all three of its weekend match, resulting in a perfect 3-0 record for two of its tandems.

At the no. 2 position, Sergio Carvajal (Nueva Esparta, Venezuela/U.E. Fray Elias Maria Sendra) and Chris Jimenez (Bayside, N.Y./St. Francis Preparatory) were dominant, winning by scores of 8-1, 8-1 and 8-2.  The no. 3 pairing of Juan Pardo (Bogota, Colombia/Colegio Andino) and Lawson Barter (Chicago, Ill./Loyola) also yielded an unblemished weekend, taking two 8-5 matches and winning a third by default.

In singles action five Red Flash – Andres Rosa (Carolina, Puerto Rico/Colegio la Piedad), Carvajal, Barter, Jimenez and Pardo – compiled 2-1 marks.  Of those, Rosa, Barter and Jimenez went 2-0 against their NEC counterparts.

While the league portion of SFU's weekend went without a hitch, Hartford proved to be a tough out.  After the Flash took the doubles point, the Hawks won three of the first four singles matches to go up 3-2.  Jimenez staved off a loss with a lopsided win at the no. 5 position, before Pardo clinched the win at no. 6, 6-2, 6-2.

"I am very impressed with the we came out as a team and pulled out our last season match," said head coach Paul Tobin.  "It came down to two matches, in which Juan pulled out the win while Nate lost 7-5 in the third set."

"This was an excellent way to end our season before heading out to conference championships.  Winning the last 5 out of 7 matches puts the men in a confident position."

The 2012 Northeast Conference Championships will run April 20-22 at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J.
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