April 18, 2008
Flushing, N.Y. - The Loyola men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to Fairfield in the opening round of the MAAC Championships at the USTA Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. on Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds, who entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, officially close the season with a 9-9 overall record.
In singles competition at the U.S. Open, seniors Scott Gannon and Ben Epstein fell at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively. Matt McDaniel dropped sets of 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3; Tim Koch fell 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4. Senior Doug Alban played a competitive match at No. 5, dropping the first set in a tie-breaker before falling in two, while freshman Dan D'Agostino rounded out Loyola's singles' players at No. 6.
On the doubles side, Gannon and Alban teamed up at No. 1, McDaniel and Koch played together and No. 2 and freshmen D'Agostino and Russo closed the year as a tandem at No. 3. The Greyhounds fell by scores of 8-2, 8-4 and 8-3 in doubles play.
Also, sophomores Peter Bartels, Koch and McDaniel were all named to the MAAC All-Academic Team prior to the start of play on Friday morning.
Loyola's 9-9 record is the program's second straight season with a record of .500 or better, and the team's nine wins gives Head Coach Rick McClure 262 career wins as the Greyhounds men's coach.