Rider Broncs vs. Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
Sunday, October 21 * 12:00 PM
Emmitsburg, Md. * MSM Tennis Courts
Opening Serve: The men's tennis hosts Rider on Sunday afternoon. The Mount comes into the match with Rider with a 2-0 record. The men's last match was on October 6 when they hosted La Salle.
Quick Hits on La Salle: The Mountaineers defeated the Explorers 5-2 back on October 6. La Salle took two of the three singles matches to take an early 1-0 lead. The Mountaineers bounced back, winning five of the six singles matches to earn the win. The brothers Blake dominated their opponents with Matthew winning 6-2, 6-1 and Austin winning 6-1, 6-0. Mike Salomon earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory, while Mike Zabetakis won a three set thriller 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 10-2. Senior Taylor Place rounded out the wins with a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
About the Broncs: Rider is coming off a 5-2 win over NEC rival Wagner. Rider won the doubles point to lead 1-0 before rolling off four singles wins to seal the victory.
Last Time We Met: The Mount won 6-1 over the Broncs at Rider. The doubles tandems of Blake and Place, and Salomon and Zabetakis earned 8-3, and 8-4 wins respectively. The Mount had five singles wins (Blake, Salam, Salomon, Place, McGinley) to roll to victory.
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 match with Rider concludes the fall portion of the schedule.