Mount St. Mary's Men's Tennis at. Shepherd University
Tuesday September 25, 2012 * 3:00 PM
Opening Serve: The men's tennis team takes on the Shepherd University Rams on Tuesday. The men are coming off the George Mason Invitational, which took place this past weekend.
Quick Hits on the Mason Invitational: The Mount is coming off their trip to Fairfax, Va., where they competed in the Mason Invitational. The Mount competed against George Mason, Mary Washington, and Christopher Newport.
About the Rams: The Rams are coming off a 9-0 win over Chowan University on Saturday. Shepherd won all three doubles matches to take an early 3-0 lead. They then won all six singles matches in straight sets to seal the victory.
About Last Year: The Mount downed Shepherd 5-2 in Emmitsburg. The Mount won all three doubles matches to lead 1-0 early. The Mount won four of the six singles matches, capped off by Patrick McGinley's match clinching victory at the No. 6 spot. McGinley won 6-1, 6-1 to seal the win.
Senior Leadership: The team returns all six starters from a year ago, which includes three seniors. Matthew Blake (Garnet Valley, Pa./Salesianum (Del.), Taylor Place (Snellville, Ga./St. Pius X), and Mike Salomon (Haymarket, Va./Seton) lead the charge into 2012-13. Blake finished last year with a 13-13 record in singles, and teamed with Place to finish 13-11 in doubles. Place had a 10-15 singles record, while Salomon had a stellar 24-5 singles record. Paul Chae (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) is the other senior, who had a 1-4 singles record last season.
Strength Up The Middle: The team boasts a pair of juniors and sophomores. Mike Zabetakis (Finksburg, Md./Calvert Hall), and Justin Olexa (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) make up the junior duo who saw positive playing time last season. Zabetakis played mainly at the No. 3 spot, and accumulated an overall singles record of 8-17. Olexa had a 3-3 singles record. Sophomores Adam Salam (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) and Pat McGinley (Coatsville, Pa./Coatsville) had solid rookie campaigns. McGinley played at the No. 6 spot, and finished 9-16 in singles, while Salam played No. 2 and had a 12-12 record.
Brotherly Love: Freshman Austin Blake (Garnet Valley, Pa./Salesianum (Del.) joins his older brother Matthew for the season. They are the first brothers to play together since Thad and Jastin Mostowtt played together in the 2009-10 season.
Up Next: The Mount will travel to Bucknell to take part in the Bucknell Invitational this Friday through Sunday.