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Spartans Put in Solid Effort at ITA Regionals
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The York College men's tennis team fell in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Men's Tennis Championship held at University of Mary Washington, but several Spartans put together a great performance as the season vastly approaches.
York senior Colin Jones strung together a solid performance during the weekend in the fourth singles flight. In the semifinals, Jones defeated Ryan Davis 6-1, 6-4, but eventually fell in the finals against Muhlenberg opponent Jason Teitelbaum 6-3, 6-1.
In the second singles, Ryan Harvey and Travis Klein both reached the quarterfinals of the singles match. However, Harvey then fell to Joonas Karjalainen 6-0, 6-2, while Klein lost to Eric Rouff 6-4, 6-2.
Senior James Villari displayed a promising effort, by beating Kevin Stamm in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-4, but dropped his third match to the eventual winner, Shane Gunther in the semifinals 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.
Sixth singles saw Nate Hoskins defeat Cole Turula 6-2, 6-4 to reach the finals against Shane Gunther. After a tough three matches, Gunther came out the winner defeating Hoskins 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
The Spartans fell behind early in the first singles match, as Gavin Smith put up a good fight, but could not muster a win over Ryan Rauck, a talented player from Johns Hopkins, 6-3, 6-4.
In doubles play, Hoskins and Villari won the first round against Muhlenberg Rob Buesser and Ross Handler 8-3, but could not pick up a second win as the pair lost to the eventual winners of the bracket. Ryan Harvey and Phil Myers defeated Andrew Deckert and Marc Menzer in the quarterfinals 8-3. In the semifinals, the second double squad was unable to beat Brad DeWitt and Martin Donaire, falling 8-2.
In first doubles play, Jones and Klein fell in the first round to Peter Bookman and Cameron Relic in a close 8-6 match. Justin Hostetter and Smith were also defeated in the first round to Anthony Collard and Daniel Park, 8-2.
With a promising effort by numerous Spartan players, March 1 holds promise as the York squad will travel to Hilton Head, South Carolina to open up their 2011 campaign.
Colin Jones photo courtesy of Brent Duffy
ITA Regional recap written by Brittany Percich - Athletic Communications practicum student