March 24, 2008
Philadelphia, Pa. - The Loyola College men's and women's tennis teams earned a split at LaSalle on Monday night with the women winning 6-1, and the men suffering a heartbreaking 4-3 loss. The women's victory pushed the Greyhounds to 6-2 this season, while the men fall to 7-2 on the year.
The women's victory began in doubles' play, where Kerri Swan and Joy Johnson opened with an 8-1 victory at No. 1. The point was clinched at No. 2 doubles when Lauren Cassle and Andie Keyser- Baker notched an 8-2 win.
In singles action, the Greyhounds won Nos. 2-5 in straight sets with Swan and Johnson claiming identical 6-3, 6-1 victories at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively. Cassle won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 and Stephanie Dunn earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 5.
On the men's side, Loyola played a five-hour match that began with a gutsy 9-7 win at No. 1. Matt McDaniel and Tim Koch won the match, while the point was won at No. 3, where Doug Alban and Dan D'Agostino remain unbeaten on the year.
McDaniel later won at No. 3 singles, and Alban won a three-set battle at No. 5 singles to give the Greyhounds three points. Senior co-captain Scott Gannon dropped a tough three-set match at No. 1 singles and D'Agosino fell in three sets at No. 6 to set up a classic finish.
With the teams knotted at 3-3, senior co-captain Ben Epstein would play a three-hour marathon match at No. 2. Epstein dropped the first set, 7-6. He recovered to win 7-6 in the second set, and then after a 7-6 third-set score, a 10-8 tiebreaker would determine the winner under the lights in Philadelphia.
Both the men and women return to action this Friday when they open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Rider. Both matches are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.