April 3, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland trailed Saint Peter's College, 3-2, in men's tennis action on Sunday afternoon, but Kevin Zingler and Bobby Gorczakowski won their singles matches to clinch a 4-3 Greyhounds' victory.
The win was part of a sweep for Loyola, as the women's team defeated the Peahens, 7-0.
Trailing the match 3-2, Loyola needed wins in the No. 3 and 4 singles matches to secure the win.
Zingler overcame a first-set loss and outlasted Edzo Huisman, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, in No. 3 singles to keep the Greyhounds alive.
Gorczakowski then rallied from 3-0 down in the first set to beat Alex Frakes, 7-6 (2) in that frame. He then closed out the win for Loyola - in a match that took 5 hours, 30 minutes - with a 6-1 victory in the second set.
"That was one of the best matches I have seen at Loyola," said Loyola Head Coach Rick McClure who has been at the school for 32 years. "It was crazy how close all the matches were, but the guys gutted it out, and it puts us in a pretty good spot to make the MAAC (Championships)"
Loyola won the doubles point against the Peacocks with wins by Pierce Norton and Zingler, 8-3 over Robert Forai and Chris Frakes in No. 1 doubles, and Gorczakowski and Jamie Russo, 8-4, against Alex Frakes and Luccas Coutinho in No. 3.
The doubles point gave Loyola the advantage going into singles action where Connor Lisco picked up the Greyhounds' second point with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Coutinho in No. 6 singles.
The Peacocks earned their points as Igel defeated Sanai, 7-6 (4), 6-2, in the top flight, Forai topped Norton, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 2 action, and Chris Frakes beat D'Agostino, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, in the No. 5 position.
In women's action, the Greyhounds swept the doubles point. Rachel Janasek and Joy Johnson defeated Alexandra Livingston and Ivana Grbelja, 8-3, in No. 1 doubles, and Scarlett Hoy and Judy Lite topped Krysten Chen and Joneisa Williams, 8-5, in the second slot. Tiffany Ash and Andie Keyser-Baker completed the sweep with an 8-0 victory over Vanessa Vogel and Jessica Nowogrodzi in No. 3 doubles.
Hoy led off singles action with a 6-1, 6-1, victory over Williams in No. 3 singles, and Johnson followed with a 6-1, 6-0, win against Grbelja at No. 4.
Lite topped Vogel, 6-2, 6-1, in No. 5 singles, and Ash was a 6-1, 6-2, winner at No. 6 singles.
Livingston took Janasek to three sets, but Janasek prevailed, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, in No. 1 singles. Sabrina Fedele and Chen played a 2-hour, 30-minute match that Fedele won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5).