'Hounds Down Morgan State In Tennis

March 10, 2010

BALTIMORE, Md. - Darkness did little to deter Loyola tennis Wednesday night at Clifton Park, as both the men and the women registered wins against Morgan State.

The men were able to finish all but one match, defeating the Bears 4-2 and moving to 4-1 on the season in head-to-head competition. The women saw four matches suspended due to darkness, but still came away with a 4-0 win, improving their record to 5-1.

Keyan Sanai and J. Pierce Norton dropped their first doubles match to Morgan State's Kevon Charles and Eric Ward, 8-6, but Kevin Zingler and Bobby Gorczakowski earned an 8-6 win against Aaron Benjamin and Dmitry Chekhlatyy in No. 2 doubles action.

Jamie Russo and Dan D'Agostino clinched the doubles point for the Greyhounds in No. 3 doubles with an 8-6 victory against Duwane Thomas and James Lee.

Sanai and Norton fell in Nos. 1 and 2 singles action to Charles and Ward, with Sanai going down 6-2, 6-2 and Norton falling 6-2, 6-3.

The Greyhounds came back to record wins in Nos. 3, 5 and 6.

Zingler won his No. 3 singles tilt against Chekhlatyy, 6-2, 6-3. In No. 5 singles, Gorczakowski overtook Thomas 6-3, 6-1. Russo then defeated Richard King 6-3, 6-1 to close out the night for Loyola.

Matt McDaniel went 5-7, 7-5 against Benjamin, but was unable to finish his tiebreaker due to darkness.

On the women's side, Rachel Janasek and Kerri Swan started the `Hounds off with an 8-6 win over Alexis McCoy and Nekesa Thomas in No. 1 doubles.

In No. 2 doubles, Joy Johnson and Andie Keyser-Baker dropped a tight, 9-7 decision to Viktoriya Lukyanenko and Sydnee Collins. But Judy Lite and Scarlett Hoy pulled out an 8-1 win to take earn the doubles point for Loyola.

The Greyhounds earned wins in the Nos. 2, 3 and 5 singles matches, while the darkness canceled all others.

In No. 2 singles, Kerri Swan took a second-set tiebreaker against Alexis McCoy, winning 6-1, 7-6 (4). Johnson defeated Nekesa Thomas in No. 3 singles action, 6-2, 6-1.

Hoy finished the final match of the night for Loyola, earning a 6-3, 6-1 win over Frances Ferdinand in No. 5 singles.

Janasek (No. 1 singles), Keyser-Baker (No. 4 singles) and Lite (No. 6 singles) all saw their matches canceled.

The Greyhounds will host a trio of opponents this weekend at the Butler Courts, starting Friday with Delaware State at 3 p.m.