Royals Lock Up Landmark Berth With 7-2 Win Over USMMA On Sunday

Royals Lock Up Landmark Berth With 7-2 Win Over USMMA On Sunday
Freshman Matt Prendergast won both of his matches today to help the Royals lock up a Landmark Conference tournament berth with a 7-2 victory over the Merchant Marine Academy Sunday afternoon at the Royal Courts.
Matt Prendergast Michael O'Malley
James Dalkiewicz Ryan Bair

SCRANTON, Pa.—Behind two wins apiece from freshman Matt Prendergast (Flanders, NJ/Mt. Olive) and sophomore Michael O’Malley (Middletown, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy), The University of Scranton men’s tennis team locked up a berth in the upcoming Landmark Conference tournament with a 7-2 victory over the Merchant Marine Academy at the Royal Courts.

Prendergast teamed with freshman Michael Pottieger (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) to defeat Karl Sasse and Jack Walsh, 8-2, at the number two doubles, then out-lasted Christian Miller in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9) at the number two singles.  O’Malley and his partner, sophomore Kevin Murphy (Greenbelt, Md./Gonzaga College High School), turned back Miller and Derek Acuna, 8-1, at the three doubles before O'Malley posted a straight-set win, 6-4, 6-0, over Acuna at six singles.

Scranton, now 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference, went up 3-0 after doubles play as seniors David Teres (Lebanon, NJ/North Hunterdon) and Brian Williams (Madison, NJ/Madison) completed the sweep with an 8-6 win over James Hicks and Geri Villan at the number one doubles.

Also picking up wins in singles today for the Royals were junior Ryan Bair (Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic), who downed Villan, 6-4, 6-3, at three, and senior James Dalkiewicz (Shavertown, Pa./Lake-Lehman), who downed Sasse, 6-2, 6-2, at four.

With today’s win, Dalkiewicz is now 8-5 this year and 14-9 in his career in singles.

The Royals will host Ursinus College this Wednesday, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. at the Royal Courts.  The match is open to the public and admission is free.

The results of today’s match are as follows:  

Scranton 7, Merchant Marine 2

Doubles competition
1. David Teres/Brian Williams (SCRMT14) def. James Hicks/Geri Villan (USMMA) 8-6
2. Michael Pottieger/Matt Prendergast (SCRMT14) def. Karl Sasse/Jack Walsh (USMMA) 8-2
3. Michael O'Malley/Kevin Murphy (SCRMT14) def. Christian Miller/Derek Acuna (USMMA) 8-1

Singles competition
1. James Hicks (USMMA) def. David Teres (SCRMT14) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Matt Prendergast (SCRMT14) def. Christian Miller (USMMA) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)
3. Ryan Bair (SCRMT14) def. Geri Villan (USMMA) 6-4, 6-3
4. James Dalkiewicz (SCRMT14) def. Karl Sasse (USMMA) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jack Walsh (USMMA) def. Kevin Murphy (SCRMT14) 7-5, retired
6. Michael O'Malley (SCRMT14) def. Derek Acuna (USMMA) 6-4, 6-0


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