May 13, 2011

Wolverines win NCAA debut

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Friday by earning a 5-3 victory over Elizabethtown (12-6) at Washington & Lee University's Duchossois Tennis Center. The Wolverines, making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, will now face perennial power Emory Saturday at 2 p.m. in the regional semifinal.

Grove City (11-0 spring, 12-2 overall) won two of the three doubles matches and then captured three singles wins to sew up the victory. Junior Scott Yanak (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) clinched the win by securing the Wolverines' fifth point with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.

The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament by earning the Presidents' Athletic Conference title and the league's automatic qualifier April 30.

The winner of the Grove City-Emory match will advance to Sunday afternoon's regional championship. Saturday's other semifinal will pit host Washington & Lee against North Carolina Wesleyan.

Grove City vs. Elizabethtown

Position Grove City's Lineup Elizabethtown Grove City Result 
First Singles Ricky Garrett (Sr., Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) Manrique Arrea Lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-6
Second Singles Marc Mentzer (Sr., Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) Josh Riehl Won 6-4, 6-7, 6-2
Third Singles Caleb Fuller (So., Columbus, Ind./Homeschooled) Eric Fritzges Won 6-4, 7-5
Fourth Singles Anthony Rosselli (So., Poland, Ohio/Poland) Paul Whitman Lost 6-3, 7-6
Fifth Singles Scott Yanak (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) Bryan Metz Won 6-2, 6-1
Sixth Singles Andrew Deckert (So., Mechanicsburg, Pa./East Pennsboro) Billy Freitag 3-6, 3-2, match unfinished
First Doubles Garrett/Mentzer Arrea/Riehl Won 9-8
Second Doubles Fuller/Rosselli Metz/Whitman Lost 8-5
Third Doubles Yanak/Steve Harrison (Jr., Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's Co.) Michael Anderson/
Won 8-6

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