Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's tennis team completed the 2004-05 season with a 10-12 win-loss record and a fifth-place finish at the MAAC Championships played at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
This year's team was led by senior co-captains and four-year starters Nick Bowers and Dan Schiemel. Bowers ended his Greyhound career with 42 singles wins and 56 doubles wins along with being selected twice to the MAAC All-Academic team. He and sophomore No. 1 singles player Trevor McDonough accomplished 10 victories at No. 1 doubles to add to his 39-25 three-year doubles record with Schiemel, who he shared the team's most dedicated award with at the athletic banquet.
Schiemel accumulated 43 career collegiate triumphs in singles competition in addition to his 56 career doubles wins with 10 victories this year at No. 3 doubles with freshman Ben Epstein. Bowers and Schiemel led their team to a combined 47-47 four-year record.
In his first year of collegiate competition, McDonough earned the top spot in the singles line-up and capped his year with the second most wins, 13, on the team. He teamed up with Bowers to garner nine victories at No. 1 doubles. McDonough was voted co-MVP, along with Epstein, by the team.
Youth played a big part of the Greyhounds' success as sophomore John Curran and freshman Scott Gannon, Ben Epstein, Chad Morrow and Rob Palliser all contributed significantly. Curran competed at No. 5 singles for the second year in a row as his 12 wins were the third most on the team. This added to his team-leading 16 wins at No. 5 his freshman year, giving him 28 for his career. He teamed with Gannon at No. 2 doubles to lead the team with 13 victories.
Gannon and Epstein made an immediate positive impact for the Greyhounds. Gannon performed well at No. 4 singles with 10 wins to go along with his success with Curran at No. 2 doubles. Curran and Gannon won the doubles title at the ECAC South Tournament to become the first Greyhounds to win a championship.
Epstein led the team in singles wins with 17 at No. 6 to add to his nine tallies with Schiemel at No. 3 doubles. Ben shared team MVP honors with McDonough at the athletic banquet. Promising futures are expected from Palliser and Morrow in the years to come as each performed well in the singles and doubles when the opportunities were there.
The future for Loyola's men's tennis team looks bright, as the youthful newcomers will attempt to pick up where the two seniors left off.