April 25, 2004

Grove City wins 14th straight PAC title

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team secured its 14th consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference championship Saturday at the Pennbriar Athletic Club, accumulating 49 team points at the 2004 PAC Championships.

Grove City won seven of the nine overall titles to hold off second-place Westminster, which totaled 30 points. Washington and Jefferson (26) took third while Waynesburg finished fourth with 19 points. Thiel (11) and Bethany (0) rounded out the field.

Three Grove City players earned two PAC titles Saturday. Junior Phil Springirth (Erie, Pa./Harborcreek), sophomore Brent Moon (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) and freshman Brock Thompson (Hudson, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) all won multiple titles. 

Springirth won the fourth singles title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Washington and Jefferson's Doug Johnston. He then teamed with Thompson to pull out a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Washington and Jefferson's Johnston and Ali Nemazee in the second doubles title match.

Thompson won the third singles title with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Nemazee. Meanwhile, Moon downed sixth-seeded Corey Sacca of Westminster to win the second singles crown, 6-3, 6-2. At first doubles, Moon teamed with senior Patrick Donahue (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Jefferson) and knocked off Waynesburg's Ehren Frey and Gary Tan in the title match, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

At fifth singles, junior Andrew Geisler (Bradford, Pa./Bradford) won the title with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 triumph over Westminster's Dave Molitor. Sophomore Sam Fortna (Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona) sewed up the sixth singles championship with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Westminster's Ben Libert. 

Donahue earned runner-up honors at first singles, falling in the title match to Waynesburg's Matt Otis, 6-4, 6-1. Geisler and Fortna placed third at third doubles, earning a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Washington and Jefferson's Derrick Guneratne and Adam Boehm in the third-place match. Geisler and Fortna lost in the semifinals on Friday. 

Grove City (12-3) concludes the 2004 season Tuesday at Slippery Rock University.

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