St. Mary's Men's Tennis Experiences Success in South Carolina

Andrew Gear (l.) and Mark Hardesty
Andrew Gear (l.) and Mark Hardesty

Hilton Head, S.C. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team posted a 3-1 record during their Spring Break trip to South Carolina from March 11-14. The Seahawks opened up the week with a loss to Bridgewater (Va.) College before winning three in a row.

Juniors Andrew Gear (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and J. Guzzone (Columbia, Md./Hammond) as well as first-year Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) paced the Seahawks (6-5) in singles action as each notched a 3-1 mark. Gear and Hardesty then joined forces to go undefeated in four doubles matches.

Bridgewater 8, St. Mary's 1
Gear and Hardesty nabbed the Seahawks' only point against Bridgewater (4-3) as the St. Mary's duo posted a hard-fought 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over sophomores Brandon Larsen (Woodbridge, Va.) and Evan Stack (Acworth, Ga.).

St. Mary's 9, Defiance 0
St. Mary's snapped its three-match skid with a shutout victory over Defiance (1-3). Gear and Hardesty improved to 12-2 on the season, including a 9-1 mark at No. 1 doubles, with their ninth consecutive win, tallying an 8-4 triumph over junior Cord Speelman (Bryan, Ohio) and sophomore Ryan Nelson (Oregon, Ohio) at the first flight.

St. Mary's 6, Ohio Wesleyan 3
The Seahawks swept all three doubles matches against Ohio Wesleyan (3-7) and then claimed victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles. Hardesty battled at No. 2 singles, needing three sets to get past junior Richie Karban (Elyria, Ohio). Hardesty rolled to a 6-3 win in the opening set before Karban edged him in the second, 7-6 (9-7). Hardesty then captured the third-set tiebreak, 10-7.

St. Mary's 7, Marietta 2
St. Mary's finished out the week with a win over Marietta (1-2) as the Seahawks once again swept all three doubles matches and claimed all but the No. 4 and No. 5 singles matches. Junior Daniel Harris (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) picked up his second career win and first of the season with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 triumph over senior Taimur Ahmed (Islamabad, Pakistan) at No. 6 singles.

The Seahawks will now return to the Free State and enjoy some down time before taking on Wesley College in their second Capital Athletic Conference match of the season. Match starts at 3:30 pm at the Somerset Tennis Complex.


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