LUTHERVILLE, Md. - Harrison Kunkel delivered a 6-2, 6-2, win at No. 6 singles to provide the winning point for the Loyola University Maryland men's tennis team Friday night, and the Greyhounds defeated visiting St. Francis Brooklyn University, 4-3, at Greenspring Racquet Club.
Loyola's women also opened their spring schedule with a victory, defeating the Terriers, 7-0.
The Greyhounds men earned the doubles point as Greg Olesnycky and Jordan Kuchta beat Victor Blasco and Martin Bedecantz, 6-1, and Alex Castro and Tyler Blessing topped Andrew Proto and Sacha Singh, 6-0.
St. Francis, however, took a 2-1 lead in the match with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, but Connor Pietrak swept Singh, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4. Blest Jones then swept Marc Adams, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles, putting Loyola up, 3-2.
The Terriers tied the match, 3-3, with a three-set win at No. 1 singles, setting the stage for Kunkel's clinching victory.
On the women's side, the Greyhounds dropped just one point in doubles play to earn that point. Megan Hahn and Olivia Ott beat Emina Djukanovic and Rebecca Mares, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. Haleigh Morgus and Emily Hughes delivered a 6-0 sweep at No. 2 doubles, and Ania Krawiec and Amanda Lanciano did the same at No. 3.
In singles action, the Greyhounds lost only five points in the 7-0 win. Hahn, Morgus, Krawiec, Lanciano, Ott and Nicole Eberle were all winners for Loyola.