Tennis Records sweep over Niagara to open MAAC Play

March 20, 2010

BALTIMORE, Md. - Men and women's tennis both recorded strong wins over Niagara to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon.

While the women went 7-0 to sweep the Purple Eagles, the men kept things interesting, tying it up at 3-3 before the No. 6 singles player, Jamie Russo, recorded a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jordan Tedesco-Blair in the last match of the day.

The Greyhounds opened up by taking the doubles point. Keyan Sanai and J. Pierce Norton won their tilt against Jeremy Quiroz and Matt Kane 8-4. Kevin Zingler and Ryan Fitzgerald then fell to Brendan Gallegos and David Lemieux-Sarrasin 9-2 but Matt McDaniel and Bobby Gorczakowski took the doubles point for Loyola with an 8-5 defeat of Tedesco-Blair and Joe Zelic.

In singles action, Sanai fell to Quiroz 2-6, 3-6. After Sanai's loss Loyola won two and gave two to the Eagles to even the score.

Norton defeated Kane 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 in No. 2 singles and Zingler won his match against Gellegos 6-3, 6-4 in No. 3 singles.

McDaniel and Gorczakowski both were topped in their tilts, with McDaniel falling to Zelic after a tough three-hour match. McDaniel went down 3-6, 7-6 (6), 4-6. Gorczakowski was dropped by Lemieux-Sarrasin, 2-6, 6-2, 1-6.

The Greyhounds moved to 5-2 on the season with the win.

The women moved to 6-2 with their win. Like the men, the women also took two of three to win the doubles point. Niagara's Raquel Solis and Brittany Walters were the only Purple Eagle players to pick up a win, defeating Joy Johnson and Andie Keyser-Baker 8-6 in No. 2 doubles.

Niagara's Hilary Hanson and Alyssa Lucas were downed 8-2 by Rachel Janasek and Kerri Swan in the No. 1 doubles match. Judy Lite and Scarlet Hoy got the win against Emma Cunnington and Julia Gray, taking the match 8-0.

Hanson and Solis gave Janasek and Swan two tough matches at Nos. 1 and 2 singles but the `Hounds came out on top. Janasek recorded a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win over Hansen and Swan earned on over Solis, taking the match 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

Johnson won the No. 3 singles tilt 6-1, 6-5, taking down Lucas. Keyser-Baker blew past Cunnington for a 6-2, 6-0 win.

Lite and Hoy then went 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1, respectively, against Walters and Gray to end the match and secure the sweep.