Men’s Tennis Wraps Up Regular Season With 8-1 Win At Susquehanna

Junior Ryan Bair was one of five players to earn singles and doubles victories on Thursday at Susquehanna.
Junior Ryan Bair was one of five players to earn singles and doubles victories on Thursday at Susquehanna.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Five players earned two victories apiece to lead The University of Scranton men's tennis team to an 8-1 victory at Susquehanna on Thursday afternoon in the final regular season match for the Royals.

Senior Brian Williams (Madison, N.J./Madison), juniors Ryan Bair (Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and Kevin Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive), and freshmen Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) and Michael Pottieger (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) each had singles and doubles victories as Scranton improved to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in Landmark Conference play. 

Williams picked up a singles victory at No. 2 when his opponent retired with Williams leading, 6-4, 4-0 in the second set. He also combined with sophomore Kevin Murphy (Greenbelt, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) for a win at No. 2 doubles.

Kevin Prendergast rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles and teamed with Pottieger for an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles. His brother, Matt, picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win at the top of the singles lineup and teamed with Bair for an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles. 

Bair cruised, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3 singles while Pottieger earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles.

Scranton, the third seed, will now prepare for next week's Landmark Conference playoffs when they take on second-seeded Catholic in a semifinal on Wednesday, April 23, at 3:15 p.m. in Washington, D.C. 

Scranton 8, Susquehanna 1
1. Matt Prendergast (Sc) def. Jeremy Neville, 6-4, 6-4
2. Brian Williams (Sc) def. Dan Kinney, 6-4, 4-0 (ret.)
3. Ryan Bair (Sc) def. Long Hoang, 6-0, 6-1
4. Taylor Haussener (Su) def. Kevin Murphy, 2-6, 7-5, 11-9
5. Michael Pottieger (Sc) def. Matt Weller, 6-3, 6-1
6. Kevin Prendergast (Sc) def. Blake Zafirson, 6-1, 6-1

1. Bair-M. Prendergast (Sc) def. Neville-Kinney, 8-4
2. Williams-Murphy (Sc) def. Haussener-Hoang, 8-2
3. K. Prendergast-Pottieger (Sc) def. Andrew Parrish-Rob Lloyd, 8-1

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