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Sophomore Patrick Donahue won PAC MVP honors for the second year in a row.

Wolverines net 12th straight PAC title

GROVE CITY, PA, April 27, 2002--The Grove City College men's tennis team captured its 12th consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference championship title on Saturday, edging runner-up Washington & Jefferson College by five points in the final team standings, 43-38.

Wolverine sophomore Patrick Donahue (Lafayette, IN/Lafayette Jefferson) earned his second straight PAC most valuable player award by winning the championship at first singles, 6-2, 6-2 over Bethany College's Dominic Costa.  Donahue also won first place at second doubles, teaming with freshman Phil Springirth (Erie, PA/Harborcreek) to post a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Washington & Jefferson's Matt Dubow and Ehren Frey.  The win at second doubles clinched the team trophy for Grove City, who entered doubles play needing to win at least one of the three flights.  

Junior Geoff Gehring (Madison, OH/Madison) and sophomore Steve Light (Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township) closed the day by winning third doubles over W&J's Francis Burt and Shahin Nemazee.

The Wolverines also won championships at third and sixth singles, giving them five of the nine match titles.  Senior Nick Zapf (Pittsburgh, PA/Thomas Jefferson) prevailed at No. 3 over W&J's Jordan Genis, 7-6 (2), 6-0, while freshman Andrew Geisler (Bradford, PA/Bradford) won at No. 6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 over Nemazee of W&J.

Thirty-year head coach Joe Walters, who has secured his 26th winning season at the helm (11-6), was voted PAC Coach of the Year.

Waynesburg placed third (27), followed by Bethany (18) and Thiel (9).

Complete match results are found here.

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