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April 22, 2013

Warriors grab tennis title

The top-seeded Merrimack men’s tennis team won their second straight Northeast-10 Conference Tournament title on Sunday afternoon at North Andover High School as the Warriors defeated #3 Southern New Hampshire by the score of 5-1. Merrimack earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with the championship win. The Warriors will be making their fifth-straight and fifth-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament when the NCAA Tournament Selection Show airs April 22 on www.ncaa.com.

“I could not be prouder of the way our team has fought for every match we have played this season,” said head coach Sean Tully. “We had great focus today and accomplished what we set out to do from the very first day of practice. We plan on using this momentum to carry us through the region in the NCAA Tournament.” ...

Saint Anselm had all but dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s on a doubleheader sweep of Merrimack. But the Warriors, down 6-5 in the last inning of game 2, rallied for four runs to steal a split, falling 6-1 in the opener and grabbing the nightcap, 9-6.

Mark O’Flynn and Frank Crinella had huge hits in the rally for the Warriors, now 20-14. ...

Merrimack softball team split a doubleheader with Saint Anselm, sneaking out a 5-4 win behind Kelli Jo Deardorf before falling in the nightcap, 13-8.

The Warriors enter the final week of the season at 17-17, needing to move up at least one spot in the conference to earn a playoff berth.

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