FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Despite a rocky start to the season, fourth-year head coach William Boe-Wiegaard steered the Sacred Heart University men's tennis program to the Northeast Conference Championships, slated for April 16-18 at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J.
The Red and White are ranked third with a 1-3 conference record and will face number six Bryant in the quarterfinals on Friday at 10 a.m. The semifinals will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Championships are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday.
The team is led by junior Kevin Chao and senior Lucca Casalduc Pla who both have 4-2 conference records in singles and sit ninth and tenth in the league, respectively. Casalduc Pla leads the NEC at number five singles with a 2-0 record.
William Wibmer is also peaking at the right time after he collected back-to-back NEC Player of the Week awards. The junior went 2-0 at number two singles last week and has won three straight heading into the NEC tournament.
The Pioneers had a difficult year with five matches cancelled this spring due to the pandemic, which halted the team for two weeks.
"This has been an unprecedented season we will not soon forget," head coach Boe-Wiegaard said. "We are excited for the NEC Championships and despite being first-round favorites against Bryant we will have our work cut out for us as both of these teams have highly skillful and competitive people on them and they will absolutely fight for every ball," head coach Boe-Wiegaard concluded.
The two teams did not meet during the regular season as the March 28 match was one of the contests that were cancelled.
The Pioneers haven't played in the conference tournament since 2019 as last year's event was cancelled. The fourth-seeded Pioneers were upset by No. 5 Mount St. Mary's, 4-2.