GLENSIDE, Pa. (May 14, 2016) – The #2-seed USMMA tennis team has advanced to the ECAC Championship Match for the second straight season after its 5-4 win over #3-seed Arcadia University on Saturday at the Knights' Weiss Courts. The win improves the Mariners' record to 8-5, while Arcadia falls to 11-12.
After dropping the #2 spot in doubles action, 8-2, the Mariners' top-flight duo of sophomore Jake McDonough (Wilmington, N.C.) and freshman Daniel Zakrevski (Queens, N.Y.) gutted out a 9-7 win over the Knights' Vincent Voulo and Isaac White to tie the match up at 1.
At #3, juniors Geri Villan (Yonkers, N.Y.) and Jordan Kendall (Winter Haven, N.Y.) played their counterparts from Arcadia even until the match was tied 8-8 and then earned the point for Merchant Marine with a 7-3 win in the seven-point tiebreaker.
McDonough grabbed the first singles point with his 6-0, 6-0 straight-set victory over Alex Colton to make the match 3-1 in favor of USMMA. The Knights won the next two matches at #3 and #6 to tie the score up at 3. Despite Villan put the Mariners on the brink of clinching the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win at #4, the #5 spot when to Arcadia.
All the eyes were turned to #2, where the winner of the flight would claim the victory for their team. Zakrevski earned that W in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, winning the match for Merchant Marine.
The Mariners will await the winner of Saturday's other semifinal match between #1-seed Moravian College and #4-seed Stevenson University to find out who they will face in the ECAC Championship Match on Sunday. If Moravian comes out victorious, it would be a rematch of the 2015 ECAC title match.
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