May 7, 2013

Wolverines facing Wilkes in NCAA Tournament

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team will make its third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Friday when the Wolverines meet Wilkes University in an opening-round match at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The match will begin at 10 a.m.

Grove City (8-5 overall) qualified for the national tournament by winning the program's 23rd straight Presidents' Athletic Conference title April 20 in Erie, Pa. The Wolverines captured five of the nine championship flights at the conference tournament. Senior Anthony Rosselli (Poland, Ohio/Poland) won the conference crown at third singles, senior Blake Brogan (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) prevailed at No. 5 singles and freshman Jonathan Graber (Atglen, Pa./Octorara) won the sixth singles title.

Rosselli and sophomore Colby Beighey (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) won the league title at second doubles while Brogan and Graber teamed for the conference championship at third doubles. First-year head coach Jeff Buxton earned the conference's Coach of the Year award.

Grove City owns a 2-2 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, the Wolverines opened the tournament with a 5-3 win over Elizabethtown. Last season, Grove City thumped Penn State-Harrisburg in the opening round, 5-0.

Wilkes (15-3 overall) earned its sixth straight Freedom Conference title May 4 with a 5-0 victory over King's (Pa.). The Colonels are in pursuit of their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2010 after dropping opening-round matches in each of the last two seasons.

Grove City and Wilkes are part of a six-team cadre of teams that will compete at Kenyon this weekend. Friday's other opening-round match features Franciscan and Elizabethtown. That match is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Grove City-Wilkes winner will play Case Western Reserve Saturday at 10 a.m. Kenyon will host either Elizabethtown or Franciscan at 2 p.m. Saturday. Saturday's two winners will play Sunday at noon.

The national quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be held May 20-22 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Forty-four teams have qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championship Tournament.

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