Tennis Defeats Delaware State For Third Straight Win

March 25, 2010

BALTIMORE, Md. - Men and women's tennis extended their respective winning streaks to three matches Wednesday afternoon by taking down Delaware State on the Butler Courts. The men defeated the Hornets 4-3 while the women dropped just one set to win 6-1.

The win moved the Loyola men to 7-2 on the season and upped the women's record to 8-2. The Greyhounds are 3-0 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams this season, having previously defeated local foes Coppin State and Morgan State.

The men didn't get off to the strongest opening, but came back after dropping the doubles point and the first two singles sets.

Keyan Sanai and J. Pierce Norton fell to Chris Kano and Roman Pitatelev 8-1 in the No. 1 doubles tilt and Kevin Zingler and Dan D'Agostino dropped the doubles point in the No. 2 slot to Brian Gelis and Milos Velickovic.

Matt McDaniel and Bobby Gorczakowski won by default in No. 3 doubles.

The struggles for Sanai and Norton continued in singles, with Sanai going down 6-0, 6-1 to Kano in No. 1 singles and Norton falling 7-5, 6-0 to Gelis in No. 2 singles.

But the Greyhounds took the next three sets from there, and won by default in No. 6 singles to get the win.

Zingler defeated Pitatelev 7-6 (4), 6-1 in No. 3 singles. Gorczakowski then tied the match up in the No. 5 singles tilt with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Andrew Fillman.

McDaniel then clinched the victory for the `Hounds with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Velickovic in No. 4 singles.

The women got off to a better start than the men, going 2-1 in doubles to earn the point.

Rachel Janasek and Kerri Swan took the No. 1 doubles match 9-7 over Christi Andrade and Marina Sicic. The Hornets evened things in No. 2 doubles with Joy Johnson and Andie Keyser-Baker falling to Anna Kovtun and Polina Razborova in No. 2 doubles.

But Judy Lite and Scarlet Hoy won by default to give Loyola a 1-0 advantage.

The Greyhounds then dropped just one singles match to seal the win.

Janasek opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Razborova in the No. 1 tilt. Swan then followed going 6-3, 6-1 over Sicic in the No. 2 tilt while Johnson defeated Kovtun 6-4, 7-5 in No. 3 singles.

Keyser-Baker fell to Andrade in No. 4 singles, giving the Hornets their sole point in the match. Andrade defeated Keyser-Baker 6-0, 7-5.

Lite then won in No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-0, taking down Sonja Banicevic and Hoy won the No. 6 singles match by default.

Up next for the `Hounds is more Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. Loyola has a full road weekend on tap, with the men traveling to Fairfield and Saint Peter's on Friday and Sunday, and the women playing a trio of MAAC games against Fairfield, Manhattan and Saint Peter's.

Both teams enter the weekend with 1-0 MAAC records.