May 7, 2015
Wolverines topped by Wilkes in NCAA Opening Round
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Grove City College men's tennis team closed the 2014-15 season Thursday afternoon by dropping a 5-0 decision to Wilkes in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, hosted by the University of Mary Washington.
Wilkes (20-2), who qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Freedom Conference for the eighth-straight year, swept the doubles competition and won matches at second and sixth singles to seal the victory.
Grove City (7-7), who won its 25th-consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament title on April 25 to qualify for NCAAs for the fifth year in a row, pushed the Colonels in each of the three doubles matches. Junior Dan Schafhauser (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and freshman Zack Sprunger (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to close within 7-5 before Wilkes took the final game to win 8-5 at third doubles. Senior Chris Collins (West Chester, Pa./Delaware Co. Christian) and junior Jon Graber (Atglen, Pa./Octorara) also dropped an 8-5 decision at second doubles. Seniors Peter Riley (Woodbury, Pa./Northern Bedford) and Colby Beighey (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) battled with Wilkes' top duo of brothers Dominic and Jacob Parfianowicz in a back-and-forth match before narrowly dropping a 9-7 decision.
In singles competition, Beighey fell to Steven Wilson 6-2, 6-2 at second singles while freshman Jon Fleet (West Chester, Pa./Hendersen) dropped his sixth singles match 6-0, 6-4 to end the match.
Riley and freshman Matt Lynch (Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth) each won their first sets in unfinished matches at first and fifth singles, respectively.
Wilkes will face Trinity (Texas) tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the regional semifinals.
Grove City loses Riley, Beighey and Collins to graduation.
Grove City vs. Wilkes
|Position||Grove City's Lineup||Wilkes||Grove City Result|
|First Singles||Peter Riley (Jr., Woodbury, Pa./Northern Bedford)||Max Appello||7-5, 2-2, unfinished|
|Second Singles||Colby Beighey (Jr., Fombell, Pa./Riverside)||Steven Wilson||Lost 6-2, 6-2|
|Third Singles||Dan Schafhauser (So., Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown)||Michael Kranz||3-6, 1-3, unfinished|
|Fourth Singles||Jon Graber (So., Atglen, Pa./Octorara)||Dominic Parfianowicz||4-6, 2-1, unfinished|
|Fifth Singles||Matt Lynch (Fr., Eighty Four, Pa./Bentworth)||Adam Lefkandinos||6-3, 2-5, unfinished|
|Sixth Singles||Jon Fleet (Fr., West Chester, Pa./Hendersen)||Troy Haas||Lost 6-0, 6-4|
|First Doubles||Beighey/Riley||D. Parfianowicz/Jacob Parfianowicz||Lost 9-7|
|Second Doubles||Chris Collins (Sr., West Chester, Pa./Del. Co. Christian)/Graber||Wilson/Brendon Blachowski||Lost 8-5|
|Third Doubles||Schafhauser/Zack Sprunger (Fr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland)||Appello/Kranz||Lost 8-5|
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