Men's Tennis Caps Successful Season With Semifinal Berth

June 7, 2011

The Loyola University Maryland men's tennis team finished off another successful season with an appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Semifinals at the U.S. Open Tennis Center.

The 2010-2011 Greyhounds tallied a 10-7 overall record and placed third in the conference during the regular-season.

Their 10 victories marked the third-straight season with double-digit victories for Head Coach Rick McClure and his team.

Junior Keyan Sanai earned team Most Dedicated Player honors with continuing to average more than 10 wins in his three years at Loyola. He was victorious in 14 matches at the difficult No. 1 spot in 2010-2011, and he teamed with senior Dan D'Agostino for 10 wins in No. 2 doubles this season.

Sanai has been a three-year starter, all at No. 1 singles, and has been a major contributor for the Greyhounds in both singles and doubles. He has won 10 or more doubles matches each of his three seasons and this year advanced to the final of the No. 1 singles flight at the George Mason Invitational in the fall. Sanai also earned a spot in the `B' flight at the Hampton Roads Tournament.

Norton played No. 2 singles for the third year in a row, and he teamed with classmate Kevin Zingler to win 18 doubles matches, a team-high, in the No. 1 spot. Norton and Zingler went 6-1 in MAAC doubles action, including a pair of wins over Marist.

A two-time MAAC All-Academic Team member, Norton has averaged double-figures singles wins in each of his three seasons and has 40 career doubles victories. This year, Norton and ZIngler won the `B' flight doubles tournament at the Hampton Roads Tournament in the fall.

Zingler occupied the No. 3 singles spot for the third year in a row and continued to average more than 10 wins in his career.

Bobby Gorczakowski was named the team's Most Valuable Player with 16 wins at the No. 4 singles spot, the second highest total on the team. In just two seasons with the Greyhounds, Gorczakowski has 39 singles wins, and this year he won the Mount St. Mary's `B' Flight singles.

He tallied 13 wins in No. 3 doubles and has 32 doubles victories in two years, going 10-5 against MAAC competition during that stretch. Gorczakowski was also a MAAC All-Academic Team honoree.

D'Agostino wrapped up his Loyola career with 37 singles and 42 doubles victories. His 14 singles victories at No. 5 were fourth-best on the team, and the team co-captain advanced to the final of the Mount St. Mary's `B' Flight Singles Tournament.

During his four years at Loyola, D'Agostino, a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team member, helped lead the Greyhounds to 42 team victories.

His fellow co-captain, Jamie Russo, leaves Loyola after winning 27 singles and 32 doubles matches during his four years. Russo contributed nine MAAC singles and doubles wins and was 4-3 in doubles play against league opponents with Gorczakowski this year.

Russo advanced to the final of the Mount St. Mary's `C' Flight Singles Tournament in the fall and was a two-time MAAC All-Academic selection.

Connor Lisco came to Loyola and made an immediate impact as a freshman in singles action. He led the team with 17 singles victories in the Greyhounds' No. 6 spot. He went 6-5 in doubles play with Ryan Fitzgerald in the fall and advanced to the final of the George Mason Tournament. He won the `C' flight of the singles tournament in the fall's Mount St. Mary's Tournament.

Lisco went 8-1 in tournament action during the fall and made the quarterfinals of the Hampton Roads Tournament `C' Flight Singles bracket.