KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 23, 2019) – The USMMA tennis team snapped its two-match losing skid with a huge 6-3 home Skyline victory over Mount St. Mary on Tuesday afternoon. The win clinches a postseason berth for the Mariners, as they secure the #4 seed in the upcoming Skyline Tournament with their record moving to 6-5 overall (4-3 Skyline). The Knights end their season 9-4 (3-4 Skyline) with the loss.
Prior to the start of the match, the Merchant Marine tennis program paid tribute to its five graduating seniors with a special Senior Day ceremony honoring Matt Hazelwood (Altavista, Va.), William Peterson (Midlothian, Va.), Daniel Zakrevski (Forest Hills, N.Y.), Madeline Smith (Mesa, Ariz.) and Branden Deeter (Truckee, Calif.). To view a photo gallery of the ceremony click here. To watch it, follow this link.
On the court, the Mariners went up 2-1 after doubles action with the #2 pairing of Deeter and junior Justin McGaffigan (Quincy, Mass.) claimed an 8-2 win and the #3 duo of Smith and freshman John Guettlein (Arvada, Colo.) earning a hard-fought 8-6 victory after letting a 6-3 lead slip.
In singles action, the first two matches to end went in favor of USMMA, as Deeter won easily, 6-0, 6-0 at #5 and junior Blaine Mueller (Meridian, Miss.) took a 6-1, 6-2 decision at #6 to put the Mariners on the brink of victory.
The win was clinched when Guettlein secured his #4 matchup, 6-3, 6-0. Zakrevski also added a point for Merchant Marine with his 6-2, 6-2 win at #2.
For the complete results from the match, click here.
The Mariners close out the regular season this Friday, April 26, with a road match at former Landmark Conference foe Drew University. First serve is slated for 5 p.m. in Madison, N.J.
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