Opening Serve: The men's tennis hosts the Explorers from La Salle on Saturday. The Mount men are coming off the Bucknell Invitational last weekend.
Quick Hits on the Bucknell Invitational: The Mountaineers The tandem of Mike Salomon and Adam Salam reached the back draw finals of Flight A Doubles. Salam reached the finals of Flight A singles back draw as well.
About the Explorers: La Salle is coming off a 9-0 win over Philadelphia University. The Explorers won all three doubles and all six singles matches en route to the easy win.
Last Time We Met: The Mount won a narrow match over La Salle, 4-3. LaSalle took the doubles point early, but the Mount rallied back in singles, winning four of the six matches, capped off by Patrick McGinley's win at the No. 6 singles spot.
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 host Rider on October 21 to close out the fall portion of the season. The match with the Broncs is set for 12:00 PM in Emmitsburg.