Saturday, April 21, 2012ERIE, Pa. - Despite losing their No. 1 singles player in the middle of the season, the Westminster College men's tennis team continued to compete at a high level and finished third out of eight teams at the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Tennis Championships held at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie. The Titans accumulated 20 points, the most points in over ten years, in the two-day tournament.
Sophomore Ryan Carr (Cheektowaga, N.Y./Cheektowaga Central) earned All-PAC Second Team honors at No. 5 singles for the second-straight year. Carr lost to Andrew Deckert of Grove City in the Championship round on Saturday, 6-1, 6-2. Carr, the second seed at No. 5 singles, beat Bethany's Tyler Rhoades, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round and Waynesburg's Jason Logan, 6-3, 7-5, in the semifinals.
Earning All-PAC Honorable Mention in singles for Westminster included freshman No. 4 seed Mike Matisi (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) at No. 4 singles who beat third-seeded Jon Anderson from Waynesburg 6-3, 6-1 and junior No. 3 seed Marshall Finelli (Girard, OH / Ursuline) at No. 6 singles who won 7-5, 6-2 over No. 4 seed Craig Kornick from Washington and Jefferson.
Earning All-PAC Honorable Mention in doubles for the Titans were the duos of No. 4 seed junior Sean Black (Aurora, OH / Aurora) and Matisi at No. 2 doubles who won 8-4 over No. 3 seed Jon Anderson and Peter Mally of Waynesburg and No. 3 seed Carr and Finelli at No. 3 doubles who topped No. 5 seed Phillip Little and Jason Logan of Waynesburg, 8-3.
Also competing hard in his last collegiate match of his career was No. 4 seed senior Drew Trifelos (Newark, OH / Granville Christian Academy). Trifelos lost to Andrew Hetzer of Thomas More, 6-1, 6-1, in the consolation match of No. 1 singles.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.