Strong Singles Play Lifts Royals Past Concordia

Senior Tim McGurrin won both of his matches today in the Royals' 7-2 victory over Concordia University (Wis.) in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Senior Tim McGurrin won both of his matches today in the Royals' 7-2 victory over Concordia University (Wis.) in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Tim McGurrin Joe Morra
David Teres Brian Williams

Box Score (Scranton-Concordia)
Box Score (Scranton-Colby)

HILTON HEAD, SC—The University of Scranton men’s tennis team swept all six singles matches en route to a 7-2 victory over Concordia University (Wisc.) this morning.

In their first match yesterday to open this Spring Break trip, the Royals suffered a 9-0 loss to Colby College (Maine).

Today, the Royals won all six singles matches in straight sets.  Scranton, now 1-2, also picked up a point in doubles when the number one duo of senior Tim McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and junior David Teres (Lebanon, NJ/North Hunterdon) turned back Taylor Shaffer and Skip Turner, 8-4.

McGurrin earned his first win in singles this year and the 31st of his career with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Russell Johnson in the number one spot in the lineup.  Teres improved to 18-10 in his career with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Turner at two, while senior Joe Morra (Bronx, NY/Fordham Preparatory) topped Shaffer, 6-1, 6-1, at three to move to 41-23 in his career.

Scranton also picked up wins from seniors Mike Pannone (Maplewood, NJ/Seton Hall Preparatory) and Bennett Kelley (Pennington, NJ/Hopewell Valley Central) and junior Brian Williams (Lebanon, NJ/North Hunterdon).  Pannone defeated Antone Leon, 6-3, 6-0 at four, Kelley won at six, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, and Williams stopped Tanner Hahn at five, 6-1, 6-1.

The Royals will return to action Thursday, March 28, against Oneonta State University beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The results of today and yesterday’s matches are as follows:

Scranton 7, Concordia (Wis.) 2

1. Tim McGurrin/David Teres (S) def. Taylor Shaffer/Skip Turner, 8-4
2. Russell Johnson/Antone Leon (C) def. Mike Pannone/Devin Patel, 8-1
3. Tanner Hahn/Steven Fritz (C) def. James Dalkiewicz/Kevin Murphy, 8-6

1. Tim McGurrin (S) def. Russell Johnson, 6-0, 6-4
2. David Teres (S) def. Skip Turner, 6-1, 6-0
3. Joe Morra (S) def. Taylor Shaffer, 6-1, 6-1
4. Mike Pannone (S) def. Antone Leon, 6-3, 6-0
5. Brian Williams (S) def. Tanner Hahn, 6-1, 6-1
6. Bennett Kelley (S) def. Garrett Wells, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3

Monday, March 25
Colby (Maine) 9, Scranton 0

1. Jack Bryant/Matt Carroll (C) def. Tim McGurrin/David Teres, 8-4
2. Luke Martin/Jason Ottomano (C) def. Joe Morra/Mike Pannone, 8-5
3. Sam Bachelder/Matthew Mantikas (C) def. Bennett Kelley/Brian Williams, 8-2

1. Jason Ottomano (C) def. Tim McGurrin, 6-4, 6-2
2. Sam Bachelder (C) def. David Teres, 6-3, 6-3
3. Jack Bryant (C) def. Joe Morra, 6-0, 6-1
4. Matt Carroll (C) def. Mike Pannone, 6-3, 6-3
5. Matthew Mantikas (C) def. Brian Williams, 6-0, 6-2
6. Luke Martin (C) def. Bennett Kelley, 6-1, 7-5