April 21, 2007

Wolverines win 17th straight PAC title

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team captured its 17th consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title Saturday afternoon at the Pennbriar Club in Erie. Grove City crowned champions in eight of nine flights and finished the two-day event with 52 team points. Westminster placed second with 22 team points.

Junior captain Chris Baker (Erie, Pa./McDowell), freshman Peter Davis (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian), sophomore Jeremy Dwyer (Duncansville, Pa./Hollidaysburg) and sophomore Kyle Johnson (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator) all won conference titles in both singles and doubles play.

Davis won the conference title at second singles with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Washington & Jefferson's Jeff Tomaino. Davis reached the finals by defeating Westminster's Stefan Hadricky in Friday's semifinals, 6-0, 6-0. Baker downed Bethany's Greg Mowrer in the third singles finals, 6-3 and 6-3. Baker reached the finals by blanking W&J's Andrew Mason in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-0.

At fourth singles, Johnson topped Bethany's Joe McLane 6-2, 6-1 in the finals. Johnson reached the finals with a 6-0, 6-0 semifinal victory over Nate Dodd of Westminster. Dwyer did not lose a game in two matches at fifth singles. He blanked Waynesburg's Adam Woodruff in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-0, then posted a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Westminster's Mark Drabick.

At sixth singles, freshman Bill DeRocha (Port Huron, Michigan/Port Huron Northern) earned his first conference title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Westminster's Scott Lawrence. DeRocha reached the finals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mark Lucas of Thomas More.

Davis and sophomore John Moyer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side) won the PAC title at first doubles with an 8-3 win over Tomaino and Christopher Faulk of W&J. Davis and Moyer downed Westminster's Hadricky and Gene Cunningham in Friday's semifinal round, 8-3.

Baker and Johnson won the second doubles title with an 8-4 victory over Waynesburg's Jeff Canning and Drew Slater. The Baker-Johnson tandem topped Westminster's Fred Romeo and Dusty Rhodes in the semis, 8-1. Dwyer and freshman Shaun Mills (Pittsgrove, N.J./A.P. Schalick) won the third doubles crown with an 8-2 victory over top-seeded Will Porter and Adam Woodruff of Waynesburg. Dwyer and Mills downed Lawrence-Drabick in the semifinals, 8-2.

Moyer dropped a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 decision to PAC Player of the Year Michael Selm of Thomas More in the first singles finals. Moyer advanced to the finals with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Waynesburg's Bryan McAnulty.

Head coach Joe Walters earned the PAC's Coach of the Year award after guiding Grove City to a 10-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in conference matches.


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