Men's Tennis Rolls Past Juniata In Landmark Conference Semifinal
|Bennett Kelley||James Dalkiewicz|
NOTE: Updates to include Drew as Scranton's opponent in the championship.
The University of Scranton men’s tennis team will make its fourth straight appearance in the Landmark Conference championship match after posting a 5-0 victory over Juniata in a semifinal match at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields on Tuesday afternoon.
The Royals will host the championship match against Drew University on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Royal Courts against. Scranton has fallen to Drew in the championship each of the past three years, but defeated the Rangers, 5-4, earlier this season to end their 110-match conference winning streak. Drew defeated Catholic, 5-2, in Tuesday's other semifinal.
On Tuesday, Scranton received a pair of victories from senior Bennett Kelley (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) in the victory. He teamed with senior Devin Patel (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles, then went out and posted a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles.
The Royals also received a singles victory from junior James Dalkiewicz (Shavertown, Pa./Lake-Lehman), who won at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-4, to end the match. The other four singles matches were unfinished.
Senior Tim McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and junior David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) rallied for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles. Seniors Joe Morra (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) and Mike Pannone (Maplewood, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory) posted an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles. The doubles win was the 40th of Pannone’s career.
The winner of Saturday’s championship match receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.