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MCCC Men’s Tennis Team Will Play in National Tournament May 11 to 13

5/8/18


 

This Vikings tennis team is all about unity. Top row from left, Greg Del Favero, Seven McGlotten-Bonds, Xavier Shuda, and Aaron Burt; front row from left, Noah Reyes, James Bueno, Shub Sharma and Bennett Sherr. The Vikings ended the regular season 6-2 and are headed to nationals this week.

West Windsor, N.J. – Last year, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) sent three men’s tennis players to compete at the national tournament in Plano, Tex. This year, the news is even better.

After finishing second in the Region 19 tournament at the Mercer County Tennis Center this past weekend, the full Vikings squad will compete at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. III championship. The ten-team tournament will be held in Peachtree, Ga., May 11 to 13.

According to Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla, this team has truly earned its spot at nationals. “Our returning sophomores and our freshmen have all worked so hard and so well together,” he said, adding that there is real cohesion on this team. “They are all different, but they respect each other’s differences and get along well. They can’t wait to travel and compete together at nationals.”

In Region 19 tournament play, two members of the team continued their undefeated streaks. James Bueno, a freshman from Trenton, won at no. 3 singles, and sophomore Noah Reyes of Trenton won at no. 6 singles. At no. 4 singles, Greg Del Favero, a second-year player from Bordentown, lost in the final, as did freshman Bennett Sherr of Princeton Junction at no. 5 singles, and the team of Del Favoro and Reyes at no. 3 doubles. Also competing were sophomores Xavier Shuda of Ewing at no. 1 singles and no. 1 doubles, and Seven McGlotten-Bonds of East Windsor at no. 2 singles and no. 2 doubles. Alternates are sophomore Shub Sharma of East Windsor and freshman Aaron Burt of Lawrenceville.

Rowan College at Gloucester was the Region 19 leader, earning 23 points, followed by Mercer with 15. Brookdale came in third with 13 points. Also competing in the tournament were Bucks County College, Ocean County College and Williamson Trade.

According to Vecchiolla, Oxford College, which has dominated Division III for years and is heavily favored again this year, will have the added advantage of playing at the national tournament in its own backyard.

Vecchiolla believes the Vikings have the talent and drive to finish in the top five. Two of his players competed at nationals last year and know what to expect. But no matter where they finish, he knows one thing he knows for sure. The Vikings will get a chance to play some high level tennis and they will enjoy themselves doing it.

Vecchiolla is now in his 11th season as head coach for men’s tennis and completed his 21st season as head coach for women’s tennis in the fall. Under Vecchiolla’s leadership, the men’s team has advanced to the NJCAA Division III Championship seven times, coming in second nationally in 2016. On the women’s side, the team has won the NJCAA Division III title four times and placed second four times.

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