April 17, 2015

Grove City hands W&J first PAC loss

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team took sole possession of first place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference standings in resounding fashion, handing Washington and Jefferson its first loss of the season in conference play with a 9-0 sweep on Friday afternoon at the Walters-Zbell Tennis Courts.

Grove City (5-6 overall, 5-0 PAC) won all three doubles matches before winning each of the six singles matches in straight sets.

Seniors Peter Riley (Woodbury, Pa./Northern Bedford) and Colby Beighey (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to a 8-2 victory at first doubles while senior Chris Collins (West Chester, Pa./Delaware County Christian) and junior Jon Graber (Atglen, Pa./Octorara) pulled away for an 8-4 victory in a match that was tight early at second doubles.

At third doubles, junior Dan Schafhauser (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and freshman Zack Sprunger (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) jumped out to a 3-0 lead but had to hold off a late surge by W&J (8-9, 5-1) to win 8-5.

In singles competition, Riley, Beighey and Schafhauser won easily at first through third singles. Graber rolled in his first set at fourth singles before pulling out a hard-fought 7-5 second-set victory over Chad Dille while freshman Matt Lynch (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at fifth singles. Freshman Jon Fleet (West Chester, Pa./Hendersen) capped the sweep for Grove City by earning a 6-4, 6-1 victory at sixth singles over Greg Smith, the reigning PAC Player of the Week.

Grove City continues with its PAC schedule tomorrow, hosting Waynesburg at 9:45 a.m. at the Walters-Zbell Tennis Courts.

Washington & Jefferson at Grove City

Position Grove City's Lineup Washington & Jefferson Grove City Result 
First Singles Peter Riley (Sr., Woodbury, Pa./Northern Bedford) Sean Carrick Won 6-2, 6-1
Second Singles Colby Beighey (Sr., Fombell, Pa./Riverside) Sam Miller Won 6-3, 6-2
Third Singles Dan Schafhauser (Jr., Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) Micah Byrum Won 6-2, 6-2
Fourth Singles Jon Graber (Jr., Atglen, Pa./Octorara) Chad Dille Won 6-2, 7-5
Fifth Singles Matt Lynch (Fr., Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) Josh St. Clair Won 6-0, 6-2
Sixth Singles Jon Fleet (Fr., West Chester, Pa./Hendersen) Greg Smith Won 6-4, 6-1
First Doubles Beighey/Riley Miller/Byrum Won 8-2
Second Doubles Chris Collins (Sr., West Chester, Pa./Delaware County Christian)/Graber Carrick/St. Clair Won 8-4
Third Doubles Schafhauser/
Zack Sprunger (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland)
Smith/Popovic Won 8-5

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