|Tim McGurrin||Joe Morra|
|Mike Pannone||David Teres|
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The University of Scranton men’s tennis team clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth with a 9-0 victory at Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals improved to 6-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play while winning their fourth straight match, all coming against Landmark opponents. Merchant Marine fell to 1-9 overall, including 0-7 in conference play.
Scranton received two wins apiece from seniors Tim McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory), Joe Morra (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) and Mike Pannone (Maplewood, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory), as well as junior David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon).
McGurrin and Teres combined for an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles. McGurrin cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles while Teres won at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-0. Morra and Pannone teamed to post an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Morra then went out and won, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3 singles and Pannone pitched a shutout at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
Scranton also received a doubles victory from freshmen Kevin Murphy (Greenbelt, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) and Mike O’Malley (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), who won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.
Senior Bennett Kelley (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) added a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles while junior James Dalkiewicz (Shavertown, Pa./Lake-Lehman) rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles.
Scranton will wrap up regular season play when it hosts Goucher College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields. They can lock up the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs with a victory. The playoffs open with semifinals on Tuesday, April 23.
Scranton 9, Merchant Marine 0
Tim McGurrin (S) over Tim Buxton, 6-1, 6-0
David Teres (S) over Josh Levitas, 6-4, 6-0
Joe Morra (S) over Jeremy Guetler, 6-4, 6-1
Mike Pannone (S) over Moana Kawatachi, 6-0, 6-0
Bennett Kelley (S) over Bryan Diffley, 6-0, 6-0
James Dalkiewicz (S) over James Karas, 6-0, 6-1
McGurrin-Teres (S) over Levitas-Guetler, 8-3
Morra-Pannone (S) over Buxton-Diffley, 8-0
Kevin Murphy-Mike O'Malley (S) over Kawatachi-Phil Criswell, 8-2