Men's Tennis Hosts Rider on Sunday to Round Out the Fall Season

Men's Tennis Hosts Rider on Sunday to Round Out the Fall Season

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.