March 1, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland Head Coach Rick McClure recorded his 600th career victory on Tuesday afternoon, as the men's and women's tennis teams both defeated Coppin State in non-conference action.
The women closed out the Eagles, 7-0, to give McClure his 600th win, and shortly thereafter, the men topped Coppin State, 5-2.
McClure is in his 32nd season as the men's tennis coach at Loyola and 23rd with the women. Inducted to the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003, McClure joined the staff at the school in 1979 and has won eight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles (Loyola joined the MAAC in 1989-90), and his teams have competed in four NCAA Tournaments.
The Loyola women (2-0 overall) won the doubles point by sweeping all three matches on the women's side. Rachel Janasek, who earlier in the day was named the MAAC Player of the Week, joined Joy Johnson to defeat Lauretta Mukam and Shena Brownell, 8-0.
Sabrina Fedele and Jackie Lionetta followed in the No. 2 doubles slot to beat Hafsatu Kamara and Jennifer Mitchell, 8-1. Liz Black and Rachel Bergeron finished the sweep with an 8-0 defeat of Ashley Bacote and Courtney Clark in No. 3 doubles.
Janasek led off at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0, victory over Mukam. Fedele, Johnson, Lionetta, Black and Bergeron followed in seed order with five 6-0, 6-0 wins.
The men also swept the doubles matches to take the point. J. Pierce Norton and Kevin Zingler topped James Jeffreys and Quincy Darko, 8-5, in No. 1 doubles, while Bobby Gorczakowski and Connor Lisco defeated Jahra Wigfall and Justin Hodge, 8-0, in the No. 2 slot. Patrick Glaessner and Eric Michaelis finished the doubles' sweep with an 8-0 win against Casey Pleasants and Richard Graham.
Gorczakowski earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Wigfall in No. 3 singles, while Lisco defeated Hodge, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4. Glaessner was victorious, 6-0, 6-0, against Pleasants, and Michaelis defeated Graham by the same score.
Norton and Zingler defaulted their matches to Jeffreys and Darko, respectively, due to injuries.
Loyola opens its home portion of the 2011 schedule on March 15 when it hosts Hartford at 3 o'clock.