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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

MU tennis from MU web site

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University men's tennis team, who advanced all the way to the final match in the Northeast Conference Tournament, was recognized by the league with multiple All-Conference honorees, the NEC league office released Tuesday.

Tom Corrie (Herfordshire, England./Roundwood Park) was named All-NEC first team at second singles, while teammate Corey Forrest (Ocala, Fla./Trinty Catholic) earned first team status at fourth singles. Benjamin Evenden (Cresco, Pa./Ridgewood (N.J.)) was tabbed All-NEC second team at first singles and Pedro Bruno (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Sante Marcelina) was honored on the second-team at third singles.

Monmouth took two of the three second team's doubles awards as the team of Evenden/Corrie was named second team at first doubles, and the duo of Bruno/Forrest was named second team at third doubles.

Corrie was tabbed the NEC’s top player at #2 singles his first year with the program, He won his last five matches of the season to finish the year 11-9. He was 5-1 against NEC competition and was named Prince/NEC Player of the Week on March 27.

Forrest made a dazzling debut at #4 singles for the NEC runner-up Hawks, ending the year with a 20-2 record. He finished second in the NEC in both victories and winning percentage (.909). Forrest went 6-1 within the conference, including a pair of NEC Tournament victories.

Evenden won nine of his last 11 matches to close out the season with a 13-8 mark. He went 6-1 in league play. Bruno was another key figure in Monmouth’s ascension this past season, ending the year with a 10-9 record, including a 5-1 conference slate.

The team of Eveden and Corrie ended the season with five straight victories to punctuate an 11-7 campaign at #1 doubles. The pairing did not lose a match in conference play, finishing 5-0. At #3 doubles, the duo of Bruno and Forrest had a terrific year, ranking second in the NEC in wins (13) and winning percentage (.765). The pairing was unbeatable in the NEC, compiling a 6-0 record.

The Hawks defeated sixth-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) 4-0 in the quarterfinal round of the NEC Tournament and second-seeded Quinnipiac 4-2 in the semifinals before falling to Fairleigh Dickinson in the title match. Monmouth's win over Quinnipiac put an end to the Bobcats’ three-year NEC reign and put the Hawks in the championship match for the first time since the league switched to a team-flighted format in 1999.


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