April 16, 2011
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Loyola University Maryland's tennis teams kicked off a two-day road trip through Central New York with a pair of 6-1 victories over host Siena College on Saturday afternoon.
The Greyhounds' men and women both came away with Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victories before heading to Marist College for their final regular-season matches on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Loyola's men opened the match against Siena by winning all three doubles matches to claim the first point of the contest.
Kevin Zingler and Pierce Norton defeated Michael Amico and Peter Collins, 8-3, in No. 1 doubles, while Keyan Sanai and Dan D'Agostino held off Jarrett Siwiec and Dylan Roberts, 9-7, in the No. 2 slot. Bobby Gorczakowski and Jamie Russo claimed the other doubles triumph with a 8-2 decision against Robert Cooperman and Andrew Whyte.
Entering singles action with a 1-0 lead, Loyola won the No.2-5 matches in straight sets.
Norton topped Siwiec, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 2, while Zingler defeated Collins, 6-3, 6-0 in No. 3. Gorczakowski topped Roberts, 6-4, 6-2, in the next flight, and D'Agostino handled Cooperman, 6-2, 6-1, in No. 5. Connor Lisco rounded things off with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Vikaran Kadaba
Amico was the Saints' lone winner in singles play, defeating Sanai, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Loyola's women played to the same score after opening the match with three pairs wins to earn the doubles' point.
Rachel Janasek and Joy Johnson teamed to defeat Jasleen Sandhu and Nicole Ross, 8-4, and Scarlett Hoy and Judy Lite topped Danielle Crill and Carly Holloway, 8-5, in No. 1 and 2 doubles, respectively. Tiffany Ash and Andie Keyser-Baker then combined for an 8-5 victory over Elora Benfer and Brittany Filip, 8-5.
Janasek made quick work of Sandhu with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in No. 1 singles, and Sabrina Fedele defeated Crill, 6-3, 6-0, in No. 2. Johnson topped Ross, 7-5, 6-0, in No. 4, while Lite beat Jessica Asselin, 6-1, 6-1, and Ash was victorious against Filip, 6-4, 0-6, 10-8, in No. 5 and 6, respectively.
The win for the women clinched the Greyhounds a berth in next week's MAAC Championships. The men can finish no worse than a tie for third, but tie-breaker situations must be sorted to see if they will qualify for the four-team Championships.