April 26, 2008
Scranton Pa. -
The Neumann College men's tennis team continued their best season in school history by winning four of the nine P.A.C. individual championships today. The number of victories sets a school record for most individual championships in a season. The victories are an extension of the team's success this season as the Knights were able to win the conference championship a week earlier.
Senior John Slinka went into the third singles flight as the number two seed. Slinka took on David Schaffer from Alvernia College in the first round and easily won 6-0, 6-0. Advancing to the championship round Slinka would end up playing against a familiar opponent, number one seeded Greg Chilson from Marywood. In what would become a common theme Slinka's conditioning took over the match and he was able to set the pace and control the tempo defeating Chilson 6-3, 6-4.
Sophomore Dan Harnos received the number one seed for the fourth singles flight. He was able to advance to the championship round when he received a bye in the first round. In the championship round he took on second seeded Duff O'Connor from Cabrini College. In the first set Harnos was able to win 6-1. O'Connor played a more aggressive game in the second set but Harnos was able to overcome his efforts with a powerful first serve and excellent play at the net. Harnos claimed victory with a tie-breaking victory 7-6(1).
It is always tough to be the hunted and that is what senior Barry Harvey was as the defending the champion at the sixth singles flight. With his great athleticism, heart and passion he took on every opponent and wasted little time claiming the first ever back to back P.A.C. championship in Neumann history. In the semi-finals Harvey defeated Brett Ford from Misericordia University 8-5. Moving to the championship round Harvey took on second seeded Dan Reynolds from Marywood University. Harvey dominated the play early and often making quick work of Reynolds and winning 6-1, 6-0.
Not to be outdone were freshmen Chris Brown and Greg Bridgeman. All season long the two have been paired as the third doubles team. As the first seeded team in the flight Brown and Bridgeman took on Chilson and John Domider from Marywood University winning easily 8-2. Reaching the championship round they faced Michael Sim and John Van Wagner of Cabrini College as the second seeded team. In typical Knight fashion the Brown and Bridgeman tandem attacked the net and controlled the baseline to claim their victory 8-4.
Finishing in second place for the Knights were senior Andrew Bitar and the doubles team Harvey and Harnos. Bitar lost to Dave Lomas 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-3 in the fifth singles flight while Harvey and Harnos fell in second doubles to Marywood's Joe Listanski and Tim Franzone.
The Knights return to team play on Monday April 28th when they host Chestnut Hill College. The match will begin at 3:30 p.m.
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