Monmouth University at Mount St. Mary's
Sunday, April 14 * 1:00 PM
Emmitsburg, Md. * MSM Tennis Courts
Opening Serve: The Mount comes into the match with a 13-6 overall record and 3-1 in conference play. The Mountaineers defeated Loyla, 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The Mount took the doubles point, winning two of three matches, and never looked back. The team won five of the six singles matches to put away the Greyhounds. The Mount is riding a five game winning streak, that dates back to April 3.
About the Hawks: Monmouth comes into the match at 6-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play on the season. The Hawks lost 7-0 to Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, April 11. FDU won all three doubles, and all six singles in straight sets to sweep the Hawks. Mounmouth will have a match on Saturday April 13 against Sacred Heart in West Long Branch before heading out to Emmitsburg.
About Last Year: The Hawks downed the Mount 5-2 in New Jersey last year. Monmouth won all three doubles matches and never looked back. The lone Mount points came from Adam Salam at the two spot (7-5, 6-2) and Mike Salomon at the four spot [7-6 (7-5), 6-3].
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. Sophomore Adam Salam (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) had a solid rookie campaign. 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.
NEC Recognition: Senior Matthew Blake received NEC Player of the Week honors for the week of April 9. Blake went 4-0 in singles play, and 3-1 in doubles play with his partner and fellow senior Taylor Place.
Up Next: The men's tennis team will head to the NEC Conference Tournament on April 18. Match time and opponent will be determined later in the week.