McClure Wins 700th Career Match, Men's & Women's Tennis Top Eagles
BALTIMORE - Rick McClure, the Loyola University Maryland head men's and women's tennis coach won his 700th career match on Sunday afternoon as the Greyhounds women defeated visiting Coppin State University, 7-0. Shortly thereafter, he moved within 99 wins of 800 as the Loyola men topped the Eagles, 6-1.
McClure, who is in his 36th year at Loyola, has now won 380 matches with the Greyhounds women, 321 with the men.
Megan Hahn and Olivia Ott led off doubles play with a 8-3 win over Carentxa Goede and Miranda Taylor in the No. 1 spot, while Haleigh Morgus and Emily Hughes delivered an 8-0 sweep of Ashley Milo and Gabrielle Otero at No. 2. Amanda Lanciano and Ania Krawiec won the No. 3 match by default.
In singles play, Lanciano defeated Goode, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1, while Julie Clark was a 6-1, 6-0, winner over Milo at No. 2. Krawiec dropped Taylor, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 3, and Nicole Eberle swept Otero, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4. Hahn and Ott won by default in the final two slots.
On the men's side, Matt Beijan and Max Shanbrom beat Patrick Thomas and Reginald Robinson, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles, while John Rast and Jack Shortell were 8-0 winners over Gavin Lewis and David Ogan at No. 2. Greg Olesnycky and Jordan Kuchta won by default at No. 3.
Harrison Kunkel was stretched to three sets by Thomas at No. 1 singles, but he posted a 4-6, 6-4, (4) win with a super-tiebreaker in the third. Shanbrom then beat Robinson, 7-5, 8-10, (6) at No. 2 singles, and Conor Skelton was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Ogan at No. 4 singles. Lewis scored the Eagles' lone point of the match with a 7-5 , 7-5 win over Tim Dowd.
In the day's earlier match, the Greyhounds battled Hofstra University and a strong wind. The Pride men edged Loyola, 4-3, winning a tiebreaker in the final doubles match to score the eventual winning point, and Hofstra's women defeated Loyola, 5-2.
Reid Burch and Connor Pietrak swept Ricky Hendler and Stuart MacLeod, 8-0, at No. 2 doubles after Hofstra's Niko Vulinovich and Beau Willis defeated the Greyhounds' Greg Olesnycky and Jordan Kuchta by the same margin at No. 1.
Alex Castro and John Ferruzzi rallied from an early deficit in their No. 3 doubles match to force a tie the contest at 7-7, but Hofstra's Ari Richman and Leonardo Pires edged the Loyola pair in the tiebreaking point to win the match, 8-7 (3).
Blest Jones, Pietrak and Castro won in singles action for the Greyhounds, each winning in straight sets.
On the women's side, Hofstra picked up the doubles point and then four of the singles affairs. Haleigh Morgus was a 6-4, 6-2, winner at No. 4 singles over Guilia Leone, and Ania Krawiec topped Bianca Posa, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 6 match.