April 19, 2008

Grove City wins 18th straight crown

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team captured its 18th consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title Saturday at the Pennbriar Club. The Wolverines won eight of nine flights and accumulated 52 team points to win the league title.

Junior John Moyer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) earned PAC Player of the Year honors while head coach Joe Walters earned the conference's Coach of the Year award. Grove City swept the six singles titles and also won two of three doubles titles.

Moyer earned Player of the Year after winning the first singles crown with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Washington & Jefferson's Christopher Faulk. It is Moyer's first career PAC Player of the Year award. He is the first Grove City player to earn PAC Player of the Year since Brent Moon in 2005.

Sophomore Peter Davis (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian) won the No. 2 singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Waynesburg's Jeff Canning in the finals. At No. 3 singles, freshman Ricky Garrett (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) defeated Westminster's Fred Romeo, 6-0 and 6-3 in the championship match.

Junior Jeremy Dwyer (Duncansville, Pa./Hollidaysburg) topped second-seeded Steve Bold of Waynesburg, 6-1, 6-2, for the fourth singles title. Senior Chris Baker (Erie, Pa./McDowell) won his fourth straight PAC title in singles play by defeating Waynesburg's Eric Schons, 6-1, 6-2, at fifth singles.

Freshman Marc Mentzer (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) completed Grove City's singles sweep by winning at No. 6 singles. Mentzer defeated Waynesburg's Adam Woodruff, 6-0, 6-0 for the title.

In doubles action, Baker and junior Kyle Johnson (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator) won at second doubles over W&J's David DuBois and Pat Kennedy, 8-4. Baker finishes his career with eight PAC titles to his credit.

Dwyer and sophomore Bill DeRocha (Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron Northern) defeated Romeo and Dusty Rhodes in the No. 3 doubles finals, 8-3.

Moyer-Davis earned runner-up at first doubles after dropping an 8-6 decision to Faulk and Jeff Tomaino.


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