March 4, 2010

Spartans Nab Two at Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD, SC – The York College men’s tennis squad picked up a pair of victories Wednesday, besting St. John Fisher and Grand Rapids Community College by 8-1 and 7-2 scores, respectively, while on their spring break trip to Hilton Head, S.C. With the pair of triumphs, the Spartans improve to 2-1 on the young season.

Against Fisher, the Green and White nabbed five of the six singles slots while sweeping the trio of doubles matches. Senior Paul Graci (Exton, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) notched the win in first singles as he bested Matt Aquino in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

Steve Collison (Westville, N.J./Woodbury) ran away with the victory in the #2 spot, topping Tim Adler 6-0, 6-1. Colin Jones (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) and Travis Klein (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East), players who have made solid strides over their previous Spartans campaigns, secured the third and four slots in straight sets.

Sophomore Ryan Harvey (Fallston, Md./Fallston) took sixth singles with a 6-1, 6-1 result over Daniel Parshall.

York captured each of the doubles matches in commanding fashion. Graci and Collison teamed up for an 8-1 victory in first doubles while Jones and Klein posted a second doubles win, 8-2. Harvey and Justin Hostetter (Lincoln University, Pa./Oxford Area) added a third doubles win to the Spartan total, shutting out Gregory Duffy and Tom Quinzi by an 8-0 count.

The Green and White posted another tally to their 2010 win column against Grand Rapids. Collison battled to a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 10-8 three set triumph over Cullen Malloy at #2 singles.

York would also grab the four through six slots. Just as Collison did, Klein needed three sets to top Keaton Briggs, capturing the victory via 3-6, 6-1, 10-3 scores. Hostetter and Harvey garnered triumphs in fifth and sixth singles each in straight sets.

In doubles, the Spartans once again swept each of the three spots, but were tested. Graci and Collison nabbed an 8-4 win, Jones and Klein picked up an 8-5 decision, and Harvey and Hostetter secured an 8-6 victory.

The Green and White face Augustana on Thursday, March 4, as they continue their Hilton Head trip.

Travis Klein photo courtesy of Colin Jones