Tennis Opens Spring Slate With Weekend Wins

Feb. 27, 2011

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland's men's and women's tennis teams opened their 2011 spring schedules with victories over the weekend.

The Greyhounds opened the weekend with a pair of dual matches Saturday evening against Morgan State. The matches were played indoors at the Hilton Baltimore Tennis and Racquet Club.

Loyola's men edged the Bears, 4-3, while the women swept their match, 7-0. On Sunday, the men traveled to Annapolis, Md., where they lost, 6-1, to the U.S. Naval Academy.

On the men's side Saturday night, the match came down to the last flight to be played, the No. 6 singles contest between Loyola's Connor Lisco and Morgan State's James Tash.

Tash won the first set, 7-5, but Lisco rallied to win the second, 6-2, and force a deciding set three. Tash went up, 3-2, in the third, but Lisco scored the last four points to clinch the victory for the Greyhounds.

In other singles action, Loyola's Keyan Sanai defeated Eric Ward, 6-4, 6-2, and Bobby Gorczakowski topped Morgan State's Duwane Thomas, 6-3, 6-2.

Loyola swept the doubles point with three wins. J. Pierce Norton and Kevin Zingler combined to beat Kevon Charles and Eric Ward, 9-8 (8-6), in No. 1 doubles. Sanai and Dan D'Agostino beat Dimitry Chekhlatyy and Aaron Benjamin, 8-5 in No. 2, and Gorczakowski and Jamie Russo defeated Tash and Thomas, 8-5.

On the women's side, Rachel Janasek led off the singles action with a 6-1, 6-2, victory over the Bears' Alexis McCoy in the top flight. Sabrina Fedele then defeated Pola Olczak, 6-2, 6-0.

Scarlett Hoy, Joy Johnson and Judy Lite were all straight sets winners, 6-0, 6-0, and Tiffany Ash won by default.

In doubles action, Janasek and Johnson teamed to defeat McCoy and Olczak, 8-4, while Hoy and Lite beat Tanya Hughes and Diana Carline, 8-1. Ash and Andie Keyser-Baker were winners at No. 3 doubles by default.

At Navy on Sunday, Gorczakowski was the lone winner for the men. He defeated Anderson Walk, 6-2, 6-4, in No. 4 singles action.

Sanai lost to Marcus Rebersak, 6-1, 6-1, and Norton fell to Nick Gutsche, 7-5, 6-1. Matt Richmond edged Kevin Zingler, 7-5, 7-5, and Heyward Drayton beat D'Agostino, 6-1, 6-3, while Mike Eisenberg slipped past Lisco, 6-3, 6-4.

Nick Berger and Owen Bullard just beat Norton and Zingler, 9-7, in No. 1 doubles, while Jeremy New and Drayton topped Sanai and D'Agostino, 8-2. Gorczakowski and Russo lost, 8-4, to Chris Kenney and Eisenberg.

The Greyhounds are back in action on Tuesday when they travel across Baltimore to Coppin State to take on the Eagles at 3:15 p.m.

Men's Tennis 4, Morgan State 3

No. 1 - Keyan Sanai (LOY) d. Eric Ward (MSU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - Kevon Charles (MSU) d. Pierce Norton (LOY), 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 - Dimitry Chekhlatvy (MSU) d. Kevin Zingler (LOY), 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 - Bobby Gorczakowski (LOY) d. Duwane Thomas (MSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 - Aaron Benjamin (MSU) d. Dan D'Agostino (LOY), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 - Connor Lisco (LOY) d. James Tash (MSU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

No. 1 - Norton/Zingler d. Charles/Ward, 9-8 (8-6)
No. 2 - Sanai/D'Agostino d. Chekhlatyy/Benjamin, 8-5
No. 3 - Gorczakowski/Russo d. Tash/Thomas, 8-5

Women's Tennis 7, Morgan State 0

No. 1 - Rachel Janasek (LOY) d. Alexis McCoy (MSU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 - Sabrina Fedele (LOY) d. Pola Olczak (MSU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 - Scarlett Hoy (LOY) d. Tanya Hughes (MSU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 - Joy Johnson (LOY) d. Diana Carline (MSU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 - Judy Lite (LOY) d. Tara Turner (MSU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 - Tiffany Ash (LOY) win by default

No. 1 - Janasek/Johnson d. McCoy/Olczak, 8-4
No. 2 - Hoy/Lite d. Hughes/Carline, 8-1
No. 3 - Ash/Andie Keyser-Baker (LOY) win by default

U.S. Naval Academy 6, Men's Tennis 1

No. 1 - Marcus Rebersak (USNA) d. Keyan Sanai (LOY), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 - Nick Gutsche (USNA) d. J. Pierce Norton (LOY), 7-5, 6-1
No. 3 - Matt Richmond (USNA) d. Kevin Zingler (LOY), 7-5, 7-5
No. 4 - Bobby Gorczakowski (LOY) d. Anderson Walk (USNA), 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 - Heyward Drayton (USNA) d. Dan D'Agostino (LOY), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 - Mike Eisenberg (USNA) d. Conor Lisco (LOY), 6-3, 6-4

No. 1 - Nick Berger/Owen Bullard (USNA) d. Norton/Zingler (LOY), 9-7
No. 2 - Jeremy New/Drayton (USNA) d. Sanai/D'Agostino (LOY), 8-2
No. 3 - Eisenberg/Chris Kenney d. Gorczakowski/Jamie Russo (LOY), 8-4