YORK, PA – The York College men’s tennis squad fell to visiting Gettysburg College Saturday in a tough 6-3 affair. With the loss the Spartans drop to 3-6 on the season while the Bullets up their 2010 mark to 4-2.
The non-conference tilt proved a much close match than the final score reveals as either side could have pulled out the victory. Both squads secured three singles-match points, but it was the doubles matches that swung the final result to the Bullets.
Seniors Paul Graci (Exton, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) and Steve Collison (Westville, N.J./Woodbury) squared off with Gettysburg’s Dale Beshore and Mike McLaughlin in the first doubles slot. The Spartan duo battled throughout, but finished on the short end of an 8-6 score.
Second doubles was an even closer affair as Colin Jones (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) and Travis Klein (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) pushed their match to the brink. However, the Spartans would come up on the short side once again, falling 9-7.
In singles play, Jones secured the #3 slot courtesy of a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Terry Keegan, who was part of the duo that trumped Jones and Klein in doubles.
Klein also captured an individual win as he took fourth singles by an identical 6-4, 6-3 line.
Junior Ryan Harvey (Fallston, Md./Fallston) nabbed yet another win in the sixth slot, besting Kevin Raynes 6-4, 6-3. Harvey owns York’s top singles mark this season having accumulated an impressive 8-2 record, including his win in York’s match against Grand Rapids Community College.
The Green and White, who are coming off four matches in five days, now get to rest until heading back out on the road next Thursday. York travels to Capital Athletic Conference foe Hood on March 25 for a 3:30 p.m. date with the Blazers.
Paul Graci photo courtesy of Brent Duffy