April 29, 2011

Wolverines lead after first day

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team sits in first place with 36 team points after the opening day of competition at the two-day Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships, held at the Pennbriar Club. The Wolverines advanced entries to the championship match in each of the nine flights.

At first singles, top-seeded senior Ricky Garrett (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over No. 8 David DuBois of Washington & Jefferson in the quarterfinals. Garrett then notched a 6-2, 6-2 semifinal win over Westminster's Nathan Huber, the fourth seed.

Garrett will meet Thomas More's Andrew Hetzer in Saturday's finals. Hetzer is the No. 2 seed.

Sophomore Caleb Fuller (Columbus, Ind./Homeschooled) earned a pair of wins to reach the finals at second singles. He earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over W&J's Nick Morelli in the quarterfinals and then picked up a 6-0, 6-1 semifinal victory over Waynesburg's Emile Khoury. Top-seeded Fuller will meet Saint Vincent's Nathan Walch Saturday for the title. Walch is the No. 2 seed.

Sophomore Anthony Rosselli (Poland, Ohio/Poland) did not drop a game in his two victories in the third singles draw. Rosselli, the top seed, blanked No. 8 Adam Braithwaite of W&J in the quarterfinals, 6-0 and 6-0. Rosselli recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 4 Jared Patrick of Bethany in the semifinals.

Rosselli meets No. 2 Sean Malone of Saint Vincent for the title Saturday.

Junior Scott Yanak (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) secured a pair of straight-set victories at No. 4 singles. Yanak, the No. 1 seed, downed W&J's Chris Fadil in the quarterfinals, 6-1 and 6-0. Yanak then defeated Saint Vincent's Tyler Camaione in the second round by a 6-1, 6-0 score.

Yanak plays No. 2 seed Jon Anderson (Waynesburg) in Saturday's finals.

Sophomore Andrew Deckert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./East Pennsboro) opened the fifth singles draw with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over No. 8 Justin Mondok (W&J) in the quarterfinals. Deckert then topped Bethany's fourth-seeded Ryan Rokisky in the semifinals, 6-1 and 6-1. Deckert will play Westminster's Ryan Carr, the No. 2 seed, in the championship match.

At No. 6 singles, junior Steve Harrison (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County) downed Thomas More's Shane Campbell in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-0. Harrison advanced to the title match by picking up a 6-1, 6-4 semifinal win over Brad Schell of Thiel. Harrison will play No. 6 seed David Floyd in Saturday's title match.

Grove City also advanced all three doubles tandems into their respective title matches. The first singles team of Garrett and Deckert downed Morelli and Fadil in the quarterfinals, 8-0. Garrett-Deckert then seized an 8-3 win in the semifinals over Patrick and Dustin Opalka. Grove City's top combo will face Malone and Dan Chirdon of Saint Vincent in the finals.

Fuller and Rosselli teamed for a pair of 8-0 wins at second doubles. In the quarterfinals, that duo topped Ben Millman and Gabe Measner of Thomas More. The Fuller-Rosselli duo then blanked Rokisky and James Peterson in the semifinals. Fuller and Rosselli face Camaione and Walch for the title Saturday.

At third singles, Harrison and Deckert opened the draw with an 8-1 victory over Thomas More's Ricky Barria and Shane Campbell in the quarterfinals. Deckert and Harrison then secured an 8-3 victory in the semifinals over Nate Huffman and Floyd of Waynesburg. The Grove City tandem will play Carr and Sean Black (Westminster) in the finals.

Saint Vincent is second with 22 team points, followed by Westminster (16), Waynesburg (14), Bethany (12), Thomas More (6), Thiel (2) and W&J (0). Grove City is gunning for its 21st straight league title.

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