ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Scranton men's tennis team split a pair of matches on Wednesday in Florida, dropping a 9-0 decision against Division II Flagler before rebounding to post a 7-2 victory over Rogers Williams. The Royals enter the final day of their Spring Break trip with a 5-1 record.
Match 1 vs. Flagler
In Scranton's first match of the day against Flagler (11-3), the Saints, who are ranked ninth in the country at the NCAA Division II level, dealt the Royals their first loss of the season.
Flagler swept doubles play to take an early 3-0 advantage in the match, winning by scores of 8-4, 8-1, and 8-0.
The Saints went on to win all six singles matches to close out the win, though only one match was decided in straight sets as the Royals faced their strongest opponent to date on the season.
Match 2 vs. Flagler
In Wednesday's second match against Roger Williams (2-2), Scranton won five of six singles matches after claiming two of the three doubles contests to defeat the Hawks, 7-2.
Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), and Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) each won twice to lead the Royals past Rogers Williams.
In doubles action, Keller McGurrin and Tarquin McGurrin won at the top pairing, 8-4, while Ochalski and Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) picked up an 8-6 win at the second flight. The Hawks made it a 2-1 contest by winning #3 doubles, 8-6.
In singles play, Scranton won flights 1-5 to claim the match.
Keller McGurrin was victorious at #1 singles, 6-2, 6-4 while Tarquin McGurrin claimed a 6-1, 6-2 victory at #2 singles. Ochalski posted a 6-1, 6-1 decision at #3 singles, Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 10-6 win at #4 singles, and Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) prevailed at #5 singles, 6-4, 6-4.
Roger Williams's only win in singles action game at the sixth flight, 6-2, 6-2.
Scranton will wrap up its Spring Break trip tomorrow against Franklin & Marshall starting at 11:00 a.m. in Orlando.