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Men’s Tennis Edged by SLIAC Champion Principa in SLIAC Tournament Semifinals

Men’s Tennis Edged by SLIAC Champion Principa in SLIAC Tournament Semifinals

Men’s Tennis Edged by SLIAC Champion Principa in SLIAC Tournament Semifinals

BELLVILLE, Ill. – After tearing through first round play, Greenville College men’s tennis was ousted 5-1 by eventual SLIAC champion Principia in the semifinal match of the 2012 Friday-Saturday SLIAC Tournament.

“Principia was the best team our conference has seen in the 11 years I’ve coached,” stated head coach Brannon after the tough loss. “For us to have a shot at them at all, is quite an accomplishment for a team as young as ours. Our young guys now know what it takes.” 

After blasting Fontbonne in a 5-0 sweep on Friday, GC got their chance at powerhouse Principa and gave the overwhelming favorite a scare. Greenville commenced the battle with a stellar 8-5 win at No. 2 Doubles, but No. 3 Doubles competition to provide an early 1-1 line. No. 1 Doubles was locked in a 6-6 tie, but eventually was dropped 8-6.

In individual action, No.’s 1, 5, and 6 singles looked promising for the Black & Orange, but the club would never get the chance.  PC beat No.’s 2, 3, and 4 in convincing fashion, and the 5-1 match was decided.  GC No. 1 and team captain Ian Wolf was headed for a 3rd set in his match, and No.’s 5 and 6 Singles were in the early stages of decision and were very close matches. 

“Give Principa a lot of credit,” continued Brannon. “They got wins where they needed them and are a very talented and together club. I am very proud of our effort and our team has come a long way.”

In consolation action GC was again dealt the loss, as Webster slid past 7-2 in 3rd and 4th place play.

Greenville College men’s tennis finished their 2012 campaign with an overall record of 9-11 and posted a 2-3 showing in SLIAC play. The squad finished 4th in the regular season conference standings and 4th in tournament play.

Announced at the 2012 SLIAC Tennis Tournament were the All-Sportsmanship Teams. Below are the recipients named to the Men's & Women's Tennis All-Sportsmanship Teams.

 

Men's Tennis All-Sportsmanship Team

Wes Deibner - Eureka


T.J. Eggleston - Fontbonne


Ian Wolf - Greenville

Jason Wissman - Principia


Wakeel Rahman - Webster


Steven Yob - Westminster

 

Men's Tennis Tournament Results


#4 Greenville def. #5 Fontbonne, 5-0

#3 Webster def. #6 Eureka, 5-0


#1 Principia def. #4 Greenville, 5-1


#2 Westminster def. #3 Webster, 5-0


#5 Fontbonne def. #6 Eureka, 9-0 (5th place)


#3 Webster def. #4 Greenville, 7-2 (3rd place)


#1 Principia def. #2 Westminster, 5-1 (Championship)

This story was published on April 21, 2012




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