Chestertown, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team wrapped up the 2012-13 regular season Tuesday afternoon, dropping a 6-3 decision at Washington College in non-conference action.
With the regular season done, the Seahawks (11-7) will now turn their focus to the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Championship Tournament. St. Mary's clinched the third seed with a 3-2 CAC record and was set to host No. 6 seed Wesley College in first round action this Saturday, April 20. However, Wesley has withdrawn from the CAC tournament and therefore, the Seahawks move on to the semifinals at second-seeded Salisbury University on Wednesday, April 24 at 3:30 pm.
Washington (5-8) staked a 1-0 lead after posting an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles before junior captain Andrew Gear (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and first-year Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) evened up the score with their team-leading 17th doubles win of the season, an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles.
The Shoremen then took a 2-1 advantage into singles action as senior Andrew Pearson (Flourtown, Pa.) and junior Joel Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J.) picked up a hard-fought 9-8 (7-1) at No. 3 doubles.
Junior Marc Cywinski (Brisbane, Australia) gave Washington a 3-1 margin as he notched a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hardesty at No. 2 doubles. Gear then cut the deficit to 3-2 with his 6-3, 6-1 triumph over sophomore Vishnu Rajes (Yercaud, India) at No. 1 singles. Gear has now won 10 consecutive singles matches and owns a 15-5 record.
The Shoremen then won the next three singles matches for a 6-2 lead before first-year Robert Bishop (Hollywood, Md./Great Mills) tallied St. Mary's final point of the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over junior Hunter Scott (Fredericksburg, Va.) at No. 6 singles.
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