For the ninth time in program history, The University of Scranton men's tennis team has earned a spot into the field for the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships, as the Royals - the second-seed - take on third-seeded Juniata on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Royal Courts.
Scranton, who hosts a Landmark Conference semifinal match for the third straight season, finished the regular season with a 10-7 overall mark, posting a 5-2 mark in the Landmark for the year. Juniata, meanwhile, finished 10-2 overall, and like Scranton, went 5-2 in Landmark Conference play.
However, the match will be played in Scranton thanks to a convincing win in the regular season for the Royals, as they bested Juniata, 7-2, on Apr. 7 at Royal Courts. In the win, senior's Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) were two-time winners on the afternoon, as the Royals won two of the three doubles matches contested, then five singles matches to take the victory.
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For the 2018-19 season, Harkins has been Scranton's consistent force in the singles line-up, as he's now won 13 matches in a row while posting a record of 18-1 overall and 7-0 in Landmark Conference play. A combined 14-5 in doubles matches (6-1 in Landmark play) for the year, Harkins is now 56-10 in his career at Scranton in singles and enters the Landmark playoffs one win away from tying the school record for most career singles victories.
Elsewhere, fellow senior Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) has also been strong in singles for the season, posting a 15-5 mark overall, while also being perfect in Landmark matches at 7-0 playing in the second flight. A winner of 10 straight in singles play, Ochalski and doubles partner sophomore Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) is 11-8 (4-3 in the Landmark) in doubles action playing exclusively at number one all season.
The winner of Tuesday's Landmark Semifinal in Scranton will head to the Landmark Championship match on Saturday and will take on either top-seeded Goucher or fourth-seeded Susquehanna at a time to be announced.
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