Men's Doubles Team Captures ECAC Crown

Sept. 19, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College's doubles tandem of sophomore John Curran and freshman Scott Gannon took home the ECAC Open South Championship doubles title over the weekend at Mercer County Park in Lawrenceville, N.J. The Greyhound duo became the first team from Evergreen to advance to the ECAC Final and led a successful showing for Loyola at the Championship Tournament.

The Open, which was moved to one day because of inclement weather on Saturday, featured 12 of the area's top teams. The Greyhounds earned three Semifinalists in singles action and a champion on the doubles side to make it most successful showing in school history.

In No. 1 singles, senior Nick Bowers won his first round pro set 8-2. He advanced to the Quarterfinals, but was eliminated 6-1, 6-3. In the second flight, sophomore Trevor McDonough won his opening pro set 8-3. In the Quarterfinals, he earned a 6-4, 6-4 upset over his Fairfield competitor and played a grueling semifinal match. After falling 6-7 in the first set, he won his second set 6-2, but dropped the super tiebreaker 10-4.

Freshman Rob Palliser became the second Loyola Semifinalist when he rolled through his first set 8-0 and defeated his Rider counterpart 6-2, 6-1 in the Quarters. The semifinal match, however, went to Dowling, which won 6-1, 7-5.

Senior Dan Schiemel entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed in his flight and had a first round bye. In the quarters he won 6-1, 6-1 and advanced to the play the No. 2 seed from Georgetown. Schiemel dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision in the Semifinals, but for Loyola, it was already the best showing in school history.

Curran and Gannon won their Quarterfinal match, defeating a Concordia team 3-6, 7-6, 10-4; fighting off a 5-2 deficit in the second set. In the Semifinals, the Loyola pair upset the second-seeded Hoyas from Georgetown, 6-1, 6-3. The championship was won over No. 3 Fairfield. Curran and Gannon took the match 7-5, 6-2.

"I'm very happy with our performance this weekend," says Loyola Head Coach Rick McClure. "We played very well as a team and can take many positive things from the tournament."

The Greyhounds play in the D.C. Metro Tournament this coming weekend.