April 30, 2011

Grove City wins 21st straight title

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team captured its 21st consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference championship Saturday by sweeping all nine flights of competition at the Pennbriar Club. The Wolverines finished the two-day event with a perfect team score of 54 points.

By winning the conference title, Grove City will now receive an automatic invitation to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which will begin May 12.  

Senior Ricky Garrett (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) earned the conference's Player of the Year award and head coach Joe Walters received Coach of the Year honors.

Garrett earned Player of the Year after winning the conference title at first singles. He picked up a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Thomas More's Andrew Hetzer in the finals.

Sophomore Caleb Fuller (Columbus, Ind./Homeschooled) earned the league title at No. 2 singles by topping Saint Vincent's Nathan Walch in the finals, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

At No. 3 singles, sophomore Anthony Rosselli (Poland, Ohio/Poland) topped Saint Vincent's Sean Malone in the title match by a 6-1, 6-1 score. Junior Scott Yanak (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) earned the fourth singles championship with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Waynesburg entry Jon Anderson.

Sophomore Andrew Deckert (Mechanicsburg, Pa./East Pennsboro) prevailed in straight sets at sixth singles, downing Westminster's Ryan Carr by a 6-0, 6-2 count. Junior Steve Harrison (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County) completed the Wolverine sweep by winning the sixth singles title. Harrison decisioned Waynesburg's David Floyd, 6-1 and 6-1.

Grove City also won all three doubles titles. Garrett and Yanak held off Malone and Dan Chirdon of Saint Vincent for the first doubles title, 8-5.

Fuller and Rosselli teamed for an 8-2 victory at second doubles against Walch and Tyler Camaione of Saint Vincent. Deckert and Harrison rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles against Carr and Sean Black of Westminster in the finals.

Grove City last posted a perfect team score at the conference championships in 2009.


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