Saturday, April 26, 2014ERIE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's tennis team placed sixth out of eight teams at the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament held Friday and Saturday at the Pennbriar Athletic Club. The Titans compiled eight points. Grove City won the tournament with 54 points.
Westminster had four fourth-place finishes in the constellation rounds; three of them in singles and one in doubles.
No. 1 Westminster sophomore Troy Abbott (Seven Fields, PA / Seneca Valley) in singles defeated opponent Isaiah Cochran of Waynesburg in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals, Abbott lost to Saint Vincent's Sean Malone, 6-1, 6-2. Abbott then moved on to the constellation round where he was defeated by Sergio Pascual of Thomas More, 6-4, 6-0. Abbott also competed in the No. 1 doubles with junior Mike Matisi (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) where they were defeated in the constellation round, 8-5.
Matisi competed in No. 2 singles where he lost to Samuel Miller of Washington & Jefferson in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-3.
Westminster senior Ryan Carr (Cheektowaga, NY / Cheektowaga Central) competed in No. 3 singles where he defeated opponent Austin Justice of Thomas More, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 in the quarterfinals. Carr went on to lose to Jonathan Graber of Grove City in the semifinals, 6-1. 6-1. In the constellation round, Carr was defeated by Jared Roque of Bethany, 6-4, 6-4.
Westminster junior Mark Andino (Norwalk, CT / Norwalk) was defeated in No. 4 singles against Vince Anto of Saint Vincent, 6-0, 6-0.
Westminster sophomore Ethan McCarthy (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) competed in No. 5 singles where he defeated Marcus Hooks of Bethany, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. However, McCarthy lost in the semifinals to Thane Feldeisen of Grove City, 6-1, 6-0. In the constellation round, McCarthy lost to Chad Dille of Washington & Jefferson, 6-2, 6-0.
Westminster sophomore Mark Zalakar (Glenshaw, PA / Shaler Area) lost to Dylan Schooley of Bethany in No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-3.
The Titans finished their 2013-14 season with a 6-7 overall record and 4-3 PAC record.
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.