WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's tennis team opened its fall season with a strong effort on the first day of the King's College Fall Invitational on Saturday, placing four singles players in the finals and advancing a doubles team to the semifinals.
Sophomore Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) reached the final in the no. 1 singles flight. He entered as the top seed and received a bye, then posted a 6-3, 6-1 win to reach Sunday's final, where he'll face Manhattanville's Juan Huertas.
Senior Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) advanced to the final of the no. 2 singles flight behind a pair of wins on Saturday. He opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Cabrini's Vince Paetow, then followed that up with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Susquehanna's Ben Ornstein. Ochalski will face Manhattanville's Jan Senkerik in Sunday's final.
Senior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) reached the final at no. 3 singles by also posting two wins. He opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Marywood's Momar Fall, then picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win to reach Sunday's final against Owen Hegarty of King's.
Senior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) also advanced to the final at no. 4 singles. He opened with a win by injury default, then earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over Cameron Tuck of King's to reach Sunday's title match, where he will square off against Suquehanna's Nicholas Meale.
Swope and Harkins also teamed to reach the semifinals of the no. 2 doubles draw. The duo opened with an 8-0 win and will play a semifinal match on Sunday morning.
The second and final day of action at the King's College Fall Invitational will take place on Sunday.