BY: CONNOR DOYLE (CPDOYLE@smcm.edu)
St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team came off of a week's rest to take on Capital Athletic Conference competitor, Penn State Harrisburg (6-4, 1-2 CAC), Wednesday afternoon.
The Seahawks (6-6, 2-2 CAC) came out in demanding fashion, grabbing all three points in the doubles matches. All three of the doubles matches were hard-fought battles as St. Mary's won them all by no more than a three-point margin.
Senior Nick Ersoy (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) and sophomore Kyle Van Winter (Scaggsville, Md./Good Counsel) posted the closest match of them all at No. 3 doubles, winning 9-7 over first-years Ethan Finger (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley) and Marco Guerrero (Delran, N.J./Delran).
Senior captain Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and sophomore Connor McKissick (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) notched an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles followed by seniors Robert Bishop (Hollywood, Md./Great Mills) and Troy Spurrier (Mount Airy, Md./Glenelg) with an 8-6 triumph at No. 2 doubles.
As the match shifted to singles play, the Seahawks kept the pedal to the floor and picked up wins in five of the next six matches to take home the victory. The Nittany Lions' lone point came from senior Tyler Cook (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) at No. 2 singles who won the first set, 7-5, and was up 2-0 in the second before Bishop was forced to retire.
The Seahawks will take the court next in another Capital Athletic Conference bout at Southern Virginia University on Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m. in Buena Vista, Virginia.
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