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March 30, 2011

Tennis picks up first victory over York College

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy tennis team picked up their first victory of the year over non-conference foe York College by the score of 5-4.  With the victory USMMA improved to a 1-4 overall record.
 
Junior Jeff Gulitus (Cincinnati, Ohio) would help the Mariners pick up two huge victories in the match against York. The Cincinnati native teamed with senior Cesar Padilla to pick up a number one doubles victory over the duo of Ayman Busat and Jay June by the score of 8-1. Gulitus would later be victorious in his number one singles match against Busat by the scores of 6-1, 6-1
 
Freshman Richard Hine (Elkton, Md.) also picked up two victories for Kings Point, as well as the game-winning set to lead the tennis team to their first victory of the season. The Elkton native teamed with sophomore Biondi Phua (Singapore, Singapore) to defeat the duo of Erick Giron and Charlton Distin by the score of 8-3. Hine earned the game-winning set in his number five singles match against Justin Mo by the scores of 6-4, 6-1.
 
Phua also was a big part of the Mariners victory on Tuesday, picking up a number two singles victory over Jay June by the score of 6-2, 6-2.
 
Tuesday, March 28: USMMA 5, York 4
 
Singles
 
1. Jeff Gulitus- KP def. Ayman Busat- YC, 6-1, 6-1 
2. Biondi Phua –KP def. Jay June- YC, 6-2, 6-2 
3. Hugo D'Oliveira- YC def. Cesar Pinilla-KP, 4-6, 6-2, 10-4  
4. Erick Giron-YC def. Steven Ficken-KP, 6-4, 4-6, 12-10  
5. Richard Hine-KP def. Justin Mo-YC, 6-4, 6-1   
6. Iheany Agbor-YC def. Manny Tishler-KP, 6-4, 6-4 


Doubles

1. Jeff Gulitus/Cesar Pinilla-KP def. Ayman Busat/Jay June-YC, 8-1
2.  Biondi Phua/Richard Hine-KP def. Erick Giron/Charlton Distin-YC, 8-3
3. Hugo D'Oliveria/Iheany Agbor-YC. def. Steven Ficken/Manny Tishler –KP, 8-1
 
Head Coach James Seitelman and the Mariners return to action on Saturday when they travel to Towson, Md. to take on Landmark Conference for Goucher College in the first league game of the season. The opening serve is slated for 1:00 p.m.