April 26, 2003

Grove City secures 13th straight PAC title

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team won its 13th consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title as the Wolverines slipped past Washington and Jefferson Saturday afternoon in the second day of competition at the PAC Championships at Erie's Pennbriar Fitness and Racquet Club.

Grove City nipped Washington and Jefferson in team points, 44-42, to retain the title. 

Three Wolverine players earned individual titles. Junior Patrick Donahue (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Jefferson) won the first singles title with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Washington and Jefferson's Matt Dubow. Donahue earned the league's player of the year award by virtue of his victory at first singles.

At second singles, freshman Brent Moon (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) earned top honors with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Westminster's Mark Gross while third singles entry Phil Springirth (Erie, Pa./Harborcreek) downed Washington and Jefferson's Jordan Genis in the finals, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. 

Donahue and Moon teamed for a 6-2, 6-4 victory at first doubles, defeating Wash. and Jeff.'s Matt Yokitis and Genis. The third doubles tandem of Geoff Gehring (Madison, Ohio/Madison) and Sam Fortna (Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona) secured a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Westminster's Shane McCullough and Ryan Quallich in the finals.

Gehring also took second at fourth singles while fifth singles entry Matthew Chung (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) was runner-up. Springirth and Chung were third at second doubles while Andrew Geisler (Bradford, Pa./Bradford) took third at sixth singles. 

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