The Suffolk University Men's Tennis team captured their fourth consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship with a 7-2 victory over the Emerson College Lions on Saturday evening.
With the victory the Rams finish the 2012 season with a 13-1 record. In their four-year run Suffolk has now put together a 45-5 overall record since the 2009 season.
Senior Chris Staley (London, England) earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Staley was a part of two wins for the Rams on Saturday as he took down his singles match, 7-5, 6-0 and partnered with freshman Marc Winkler (Caracas, Venezuela) for an 8-6 doubles victory.
Staley finishes the season with an 8-2 record in singles play, while he and Winkler combined for a 6-2 record in the doubles circuit. Saturday's match was the final career match for Staley at Suffolk. He wraps up a four-year career at Suffolk that saw him win a total of 68 matches for Suffolk between singles and doubles play. His 39 doubles victories are the most by a Suffolk player over the last decade.
In other action on Saturday, the Rams took four of their five remaining singles matches.
Winkler took the top match with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over the Lions' Brent Walkoff (Bolton, Mass.).
Sophomore Drew Reilly (Boston, Mass.) swept the number four singles game with a 6-1, 6-4 victory, while senior Harlan Strader (Marblehead, Mass.) and Albert Buruga (Bradenton, Fla.) took the number five and six games. Buruga won in consecutive 6-0 sets for the second time in the GNAC Tournament.
Junior Mitch Lance (Tarrytown, N.Y.) was the lone Emerson College player to win a singles match on Saturday evening as he was a 6-4, 7-5 victor in the third game over sophomore Aaron Lau (Hong Kong, China).
In doubles play, Lau and Reilly combined for an 8-0 victory.
The combination of Brent Walkoff and Zack Connolly halted Suffolk's Albert Buruga and Harlan Strader in the number two doubles game with a 9-7 come from behind victory.
Saturday's championship was the fourth straight year that the two teams have met to decide the league title.
Men's Tennis Capture Fourth Consecutive GNAC Title
Apr 28, 2012