Men’s Tennis Sweeps Susquehanna to Lock Up Landmark Conference Playoff Berth

The men's tennis team is headed back to the Landmark Conference playoffs following today's win at Susquehanna.
The men's tennis team is headed back to the Landmark Conference playoffs following today's win at Susquehanna.


Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's tennis team clinched a berth in the Landmark Conference playoffs on Saturday, cruising to a 9-0 victory at Susquehanna.  The Royals (10-3, 5-1 Landmark) set up a showdown with Juniata on Sunday in a match that will determine the #2 seed and home court advantage in the Landmark Conference semifinals.

Goucher has clinched the top seed in the upcoming Landmark playoffs by virtue of its 6-0 record and head-to-head wins over Scranton and Juniata.  The Royals and Eagles are both 5-1 and will occupy the #2 and #3 seeds with tomorrow's winner to host the other in the semifinal round of the championship tournament.

Sunday's decisive matchup was setup by Scranton's dominant win over the River Hawks (8-5, 3-3 Landmark) on Saturday.

Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley), and Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) all won two matches apiece to lead Scranton to its fifth consecutive victory. 

The McGurrin brothers battled to an 8-6 win at the top doubles flight while Harkins and Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) scored an 8-4 victory at #2 doubles.  Swope and

Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) cruised to an 8-1 win at #3 doubles as Scranton held a 3-0 advantage at the conclusion of doubles competition.

In singles play, Tarquin McGurrin won at the top pairing, 6-2, 6-2 while Keller McGurrin earned a hard-fought, 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 decision at the second flight. 

Swope picked up his second win of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at #3 singles while Harkins matched the feat with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at #4 singles.

Connor Lemieux (Guilford, Conn./The Gunnery) won at the fifth singles pairing, 6-1, 6-1 while Emmett Ryan (Manchester, Mass./Canterbury School) rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 10-3 win at #6 singles.

Scranton will play its final Landmark Conference match of the season tomorrow at Juniata.  First serves are set for 12:00 p.m. in Huntingdon, Pa.