April 21, 2013
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's tennis team closed their regular season on Sunday afternoon with an impressive 7-0 sweep of La Salle University to raise the Greyhounds' record to 13-6.
Loyola was led throughout the season by senior captain Bobby Gorczakowski, who finished his record-setting career with an exciting three-set victory at #1 singles. Gorczakowski will graduate from Loyola as one of the most decorated players in the history of the program with the most all-time doubles wins in a career at 65-33, the most doubles wins in a season and with the same partner, freshman Connor Pietrak, with 22 victories, and has the second most singles wins all-time in a Greyhound career with a 62-36 record to 2003 graduate John McConnell's career leading 66 wins. The senior defeated La Salle's Joe Labate 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, for a great way to end an outstanding career at Butler Courts.
The Greyhounds carried the momentum from Saturday's MAAC victory over Saint Peter's into Sunday's contest, as they took the early 1-0 lead in doubles. #2 pairings Harrison Kunkel and Connor Lisco played a tough match against La Salle's Chas Berenato and Joe Labate, winning 9-8. Freshmen Jordan Kuchta and Greg Olesnycky sealed the point with a strong 8-1 finish at #3 doubles.
In singles, Loyola shutdown the Explorers the rest of the match, taking all six matches. Gorczakowski started off singles with his three-set victory over La Salle's Labate. At #2 singles, Kunkel went three sets as well, defeating DeSean Fennell, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The Greyhounds now look to prepare for the MAAC Championships this upcoming weekend in West Windsor, New Jersey. The men sealed the four seed with the victory over Saint Peter's on Saturday, setting them to play #1 seed Marist College. Start time of the match is set for 2 p.m.