Men's Tennis: Westminster Edged Out By W&J

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's tennis team lost, 5-4, as hosts to Washington & Jefferson on Monday at the North Beaver Indoor Tennis Courts. The Titans dropped to 6-7 overall and 4-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Presidents improved to 8-8 overall and 5-2 in the conference.

The Titans won no. 1 doubles as the duo of sophomore Troy Abbott (Seven Fields, PA / Seneca Valley) and junior Mike Matisi (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) won, 8-4. W&J, however, won no. 2 and no. 3 doubles.

Westminster also won the first three singles competitions. Abbott won at no. 1, 6-2, 6-2, Matisi won at no. 2, 6-1, 6-4, and senior Ryan Carr (Cheektowaga, NY / Cheektowaga Central) won at no. 3, 7-5, 4-6, 10-5. The Presidents followed with wins at no. 4, no. 5, and no. 6 singles.

Westminster will host Thiel next Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

Singles competition:
1. Troy Abbott (WES) def. Joshua St. Clair (W&J) 6-2, 6-2
2. Mike Matisi (WES) def. Samuel Miller (W&J) 6-1, 6-4
3. Ryan Carr (WES) def. Greg Smith (W&J) 7-5, 4-6, 10-5
4. Micah Byrum (W&J) def. Mark Andino (WES) 6-2, 6-1
5. Chad Dille (W&J) def. Ethan McCarthy (WES) 6-1, 6-1
6. Renato Popovic (W&J) def. Mark Zalakar (WES) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Troy Abbott/Mike Matisi (WES) def. Samuel Miller/Greg Smith (W&J) 8-4
2. Micah Byrum/Chad Dille (W&J) def. Ryan Carr/Mark Andino (WES) 8-5
3. Renato Popovic/Christopher Fadi (W&J) def. Ethan McCarthy/Mark Zalakar (WES) 8-4

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 is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 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 41 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.

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