|Brian Harkins||Christian Aksu|
SCRANTON - In their final home non-conference match of the season, senior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) and graduate student Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) were victorious at both doubles and singles to lead The University of Scranton men's tennis team to a 6-3 win over SUNY Oneonta on Wednesday at Royal Courts.
With the win, the Royals moved to 10-6 overall, while SUNY Oneonta fell to 8-9 with the loss.
To start the day, Scranton fell in the first flight on doubles to go down, 1-0 to the visiting Red Dragons. But, the Royals would go on to win the second and third flights to take a 2-1 lead into singles play.
Taking victories in doubles for Scranton were Harkins and Aksu at number two, 8-6, while senior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and freshman Christopher Kocon (Mountain Top, Pa./Holy Redeemer) put Scranton ahead with an 8-5 win.
In singles, Scranton took control of the match with victories in the top two spots of the line-up as sophomore Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) was a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 winner at number one, and senior Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 win at number two to put Scranton up, 4-1.
After Oneonta took a win at number three to make it a 4-2 match, Harkins clinched the match for Scranton with a 6-1, 6-0 win at number four singles. The win for Harkins was the 55th of his career as a Royal, as he has now alone in second all-time in program history in career singles victories.
Rounding out the singles triumphs on the day for Scranton was Aksu, who came back to take a three-set win (3-6, 6-2, 10-4) to complete the non-conference victory for the Royals.
The University of Scranton men's tennis team returns to action on Saturday, as they travel to Haverford in their final non-conference match of the 2019 season. First serve is set for 3 p.m.