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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