May 26, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. - During the 2009-2010 tennis season, a promising core of underclassmen emerged on the men's side while the women showed that they are poised take over as a top team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
This season, the men found success with young talent. Three sophomores and a freshman accounted for 61 singles wins and 55 doubles wins in both tournament and head-to-head play and helped the `Hounds (12-7 overall, 3-3 MAAC) reach the semifinals of the MAAC Tennis Championships for the first time since 2001.
Freshman Bobby Gorczakowski tied the Loyola record for singles wins with 23. Gorczakowski matched the 10-year old mark set by John McConnell April 17 at home on the Butler Courts with a win over Siena's Robert Cooperman, defeating his opponent 6-2, 7-6 (4-2). The only player on the team to earn 20 wins in singles and doubles, Gorczakowski was named team MVP and went 23-5 at the No. 5 singles spot.
Sophomores J. Pierce Norton and Kevin Zingler also pulled in winning records for the Greyhounds, with Norton going 14-10 and Zingler posting a 15-11 singles record. Another sophomore, Keyan Sanai, won recorded nine singles wins for the second year in a row as the No. 1 singles players.
However, the veteran leadership of senior co-captain Matt McDaniel proved key as well. As the only senior in the starting lineup this season, McDaniel played his way to a 15-8 singles record. The combination of young and old was effective in doubles play as well, as McDaniel and Gorczakowski teamed up for a 19-3 record and went 6-2 in the MAAC.
The other upperclassmen in the starting lineup, junior Jamie Russo, went 3-3 in MAAC play and won a key match in the MAAC Championships that helped the Greyhounds advance to the semifinals. Much as he did against the Purple Eagles in the regular season, Russo won the deciding point to defeat Jordan Blair at No. 6 singles and clinch a 4-3 victory.
Despite being picked by the conference's coaches as middle-of-the-pack finishers in the MAAC preseason poll, the women's team rose above that projected status and showed that underrating a team can be dangerous.
The Greyhound women suffered just two losses in conference play while going 13-6 in head-to-head matches. Like the men, the women also reached the semifinals of the conference championship tournament before being narrowly edged by Marist, falling 4-3. The women also took two of the conference's top honors with sophomore Rachel Janasek and head coach Rick McClure being named MAAC Player and Coach of the Year.
Jansek, Kerri Swan, Andie Keyser-Baker, Judy Lite and Scarlett Hoy were all named to an all-MAAC team. The entire women's starting lineup also recorded double-digit singles wins. Janasek went 20-5 with newcomer Hoy not far behind her, registering an 18-4 record at No. 6 singles. Hoy ended the season on a tear, going 7-1 against MAAC opponents and went undefeated in the final 11 matches.
Joy Jonson and Keyser-Baker both posted more than 10 wins for the third season in a row.
While the Greyhounds will only be losing one starter, the graduation of Swan will be a big loss. Swan finished her four-year Loyola career with 48 singles wins and 43 doubles wins and holds the No. 2 singles record with 31 career victories.
A two-time all-MAAC selection and a three-time MAAC All-Academic selection, Swan co-captained the team to 51 victories in four years. The pre-med major also exemplified leadership off the court, making the Dean's List all four years and graduating Cum Laude. Swan will attend medical school at Maryland in the fall.
Other notable 2009-2010 Seniors:
Tim Koch: Three-time MAAC All-Academic team member, owns 28 career singles victories and 26 career doubles victories.
Caitlyn Day: Two-time all-MAAC Second Team selection, owns 31 career singles victories and 36 career doubles victories.
Stephanie Dunn: Two-time all-MAAC Second Team selection, three-time MAAC All-Academic team member and four-year Dean's List honoree, owns 40 career singles victories and 36 career doubles victories.
Lauren Cassle: MAAC First Team selection as a sophomore, three-time MAAC All-Academic team member, owns 36 career singles victories and 24 career doubles victories.