April 3, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola tennis squads divided up on Thursday to play both Mount St. Mary's and the University of the District of Columbia. Both men and women were successful at home against UDC, defeating the Firebirds 6-1, while the Greyhounds split at Mount St. Mary's, the men winning 4-3 and the women falling 4-3 against the Blue Knights.
Starting with the game at the Mount, the men's team pulled a close 4-3 victory. In doubles action, the team was 2-of-3 to take the doubles point. The No. 1 team of freshmen Keyan Sanai and J. Pierce Norton won 8-6 and the No. 3 team of sophomores Dan D'Agostino and Rob Mattison won 8-5. Freshman Kevin Zingler and junior Matt McDaniel lost 5-8 at the number two spot.
Singles winners included No. 2 Norton (3-6, 6-3, 6-3), No. 5 D'Agostino (6-0, 6-0) and No. 6 Mattison (6-3, 6-0). Sanai lost at the No. 1 position (1-6, 2-6) and McDaniel fell in a two-hour match at No. 4 (5-7, 6-7 in a 4-6 tiebreaker loss). Zingler sprained his ankle in action at the No. 3 spot, forcing a match loss by default.
The three singles victories, along with the doubles point, helped the men take the final 4-3 victory.
On the women's side versus the Blue Knights, the team took a tough 4-3 loss. Juniors Caitlyn Day and Stephanie Dunn were the only doubles winners with an 8-1 victory at the three position. Freshman Rachel Janasek and junior Kerri Swan lost 6-8 at No. 1 and sophomore Andie Keyser-Baker and Joy Johnson fell 5-8 at No. 2.
Loyola had three singles winners in No. 1 Janasek (6-3, 6-4), No. 2 Day (6-3, 6-1) and No. 4 Swan (5-7, 6-4, 6-4), but it was not enough to grab the final win.
At the same time, Loyola was also busy playing UDC at home. The men's team started with three quick wins in doubles action. Junior Tim Koch and freshman Chet Milot won 8-5 at No. 1 and sophomores Jamie Russo and Patrick Glaessner won 8-0 at No. 2. The team of sophomore Jon Ramalho and junior Matt Rodgers won by default at No. 3.
In singles action, Koch won at No. 2 (6-1, 6-0), Glaessner won at No. 3 (6-3, 6-4) and Milot won at No. 4 (6-0, 6-0). Both Ramalho and Rodgers won by default at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Russo played a tough match at No. 1 singles, but fell 5-7, 5-7.
The women tallied their own 6-1 win and also swept the doubles point. Sophomore Lane Maloney and freshman Jackie Lionetta grabbed an 8-4 win at No. 1 and Freshmen Liz Black and Rachel Bergeron had an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles. The No. 3 team of freshmen Ashleigh Torchiana and Elisha Connell won by default.
Moving into singles play, freshman Dana Verona won at No. 2 (6-0, 6-2), Black won at No. 3 (6-1, 6-0), Lionetta won at No. 4 (6-0, 6-0), Torchiana won at No. 5 (6-0, 6-0) and Connell won by default at No. 6.
Maloney played at the No. 1 singles spot, but lost 4-6, 2-6.
The Greyhounds hit the road for two conference matches over the weekend. Loyola faces Siena on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Marist on Sunday at 10 a.m.