Mount St. Mary's at Bucknell
Wednesday, March 27 * 3:00 PM
Opening Serve: The Mount comes into the match with an 8-5 overall record and 1-1 in conference play. The Mountaineers lost a close one to Delaware on Sunday, 3-2 in a shortened match. Austin Blake and Mike Salomon won singles matches to provide the Mount with their lone points. Salomon won at No. 3; 3-6, 6-0, 10-2. Blake won at No. 4; 6-3, 6-3.
About the Bison: Bucknell comes into the match with a 7-5 overall record and an 0-1 Patriot League record. The Bison come into the match with the Mount after dropping a 5-2 decision to Navy on Saturday. Bucknell won at No. 1 doubles, but dropped the other two matches. Nick Baybel and Josh Katten won 8-6 for the Bison. They also got two wins at No. 1 and 6 singles. Baybel won his singles match 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 1. Kyle Rosen won at No. 6; 6-2, 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.
Up Next: The men's tennis team will head to Moon Township for a match with the Colonials of Robert Morris on April 2. Match begins at 2:00 PM.