April 24, 2012

Men's Tennis Roll Into GNAC Tournament

The Suffolk University Men's Tennis team head into the 2012 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament with the number one seed after compiling an 11-1 overall record on the season, while maintaining a perfect 5-0 mark within conference matches. After posting consecutive wins over the weekend; 8-1 over Albertus Magnus College on Sunday and 9-0 over Curry on Monday, the Rams have gone 34-2 over the past three seasons, with both defeats coming to non-conference opponent Babson College.

Senior Albert Buruga (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore Vassili Stroganov (Hoersholm, Germany) each posted 8-1 records in singles play on the year as they tied for a team-high in wins. Buruga also won nine more matches in doubles play on the year as Suffolk combined for a 27-6 team record in tandem play on the year. Senior Chris Staley (London, England) was a perfect 5-0 out of the second singles position on the season. A three-time All-Conference selection by the GNAC, Staley posted a 12-4 record in singles and doubles play combined on the year. Sophomore Aaron Lau (Hong Kong, China) was also a part of a dozen wins on the year for the Rams, and he had a 6-2 record in singles play, while junior Harlan Strader (Marblehead, Mass.) posted a 6-1 record as well.

Suffolk will open the four-team single elimination tournament on Thursday evening as they host Johnson & Wales University at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols at 7:00pm. The winner will advance to Saturday's championship to face either Norwich University or Emerson College who will face-off on Thursday as well. Suffolk will be looking to capture their fourth consecutive league championship.

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