BY: CONNOR DOYLE (CPDOYLE@smcm.edu)
St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis hosted Stevenson University Sunday afternoon in their regular-season finale and also bid farewell to their five seniors. However, Stevenson (7-5) claimed the 5-4 non-conference win to spoil the end of the day for the Seahawks (7-9).
With the match tied at 4-4, it all came down to the No. 6 singles match as Ricky Schruefer (Columbia, Md./Hammond) took on first-year Douglas Vaughn (Hampstead, Md./Calvert Hall). The first set was a hard fought battle as Douglas earned tiebreak point, 10-8, for the 7-6 win in the first set. Douglas didn't look back from that point and pushed through to hold off Schruefer, 6-4, in the second set, giving the Mustangs their fifth straight win.
The Seahawks will now prepare for the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Championship Tournament. As the fifth seed, St. Mary's will travel to Buena Vista, Virginia, on Friday, April 15 to face fourth-seeded Southern Virginia University in first round action at 4:00 p.m. The Seahawks will look to avenge their 5-4 loss to Southern Virginia on April 2.
As doubles play started, the Seahawks (7-9) struck first as senior Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and sophomore Connor McKissick (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) took the No. 1 match, 9-7, against junior Bryan Gieselman (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and senior Peter Hoblitzell (Towson, Md./Towson).
The Mustangs would not go down without a fight as junior Troy Derrick (Rumford, R.I./Providence) and senior Conrad Ellis (Baltimore, Md./Curley) defeated seniors Robert Bishop (Hollywood, Md./Great Mills) and Troy Spurrier (Mount Airy, Md./Glenelg), 8-4, in the No. 2 match, evening the score at 1-1.
Senior Nick Ersoy (Prince Frederick, Md./Huntingtown) and sophomore Kyle Van Winter (Scaggsville, Md./Good Counsel) took the final doubles match, 8-2, over first-year Peter Appiah, Jr. (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and Zach Borgerding (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall), giving the Seahawks the 2-1 advantage rolling into singles play.
With a 2-1 advantage, the Seahawks looked to push the lead even farther. At No. 1 singles, Hardesty easily tallied a 6-2, 6-3 win for a 3-1 lead. The Mustangs rallied, winning the next three matches at the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 positions and taking the score to 4-3 in favor of the Green and White. The Seahawks took it to the Mustangs in the No. 5 singles match with Spurrier getting the best of Borgerding, 6-3, 6-1.
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