Mount Update: The men's team is coming off a 7-0 win against Howard on February 16, and a 7-0 loss against Lehigh on the 17th. The Mount sits at 4-1 overall on the season, including wins over Shepherd, LaSalle, Rider, and Howard.
About the Florida Trip: The Mount will play five matches in a span of six days. The schedule includes:
Feb. 24- Augustana (Ill.), 10:00 a.m.
Feb. 25- Webber International, 3:00 p.m.
Feb. 26- Bethune-Cookman, 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 28- Concordia, 12:00 p.m.
Mar. 1- Davenport, 10:00 a.m.
Up Next: The Mount returns to action on Sunday, March 10 when they travel to Navy. The match with the Midshipmen is set for 12:00 p.m.
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.