Bryant Bulldogs at Mount St. Mary's
March 14, 2013 * 3:00 PM
Emmitsburg, Md. * MSM Tennis Courts
Opening Serve: The Mount comes into the match with an 8-2 overall record and a 1-0 conference record. The team is coming off a 7-0 victory over Wagner on Monday afternoon. The Mount swept all three doubles matches, and all six singles matches to breeze to the easy victory.
About the Bulldogs: Bryant comes into the match 4-4 overall and 1-0 in NEC play. The Bulldogs are coming off a 4-0 win over Stony Brook on Sunday, using rally scoring. Bryant received wins from Dana Parziale, Zac Morris, and Max Vogt in singles action. They also won two of three doubles matches to earn the victory. The Bulldogs will face Villanova before heading to Emmitsburg. This will be the first ever match with Bryant for the Mount.
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 men's tennis team will head to Moon Township for three matches in two days. First the Mount will face Robert Morris and St. Francis U on Saturday, March 16. They will then take on St. Francis Brooklyn at Robert Morris on Sunday, March 17.