Seahawk Men's Tennis Concludes Fall Season at ITAs

Jon Gorel '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Jon Gorel '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team finished the fall portion of the 2017-18 season at the 2017 ITA Southeast Regional Men's Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Mary Washington on September 29-30.

How It Happened

Doubles:

  • Sophomores Jon Gorel (Jessup, Md./Hammond) and Ethan Garren (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) finished their fall season by battling in the highly competitive championship bracket. The duo, unfortunately, dropped an 8-5 decision to Lynchburg College's Luke Sablik and Zack Shane. However, the Seahawks were unable to continue in the consolation bracket as Garren suffered a hamstring injury.
  • The senior duo of Connor McKissick (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) and Kyle Van Winter (Scaggsville, Md./Good Counsel) finished with a 1-2 record in B2 doubles. They fell 8-1 to Goucher College's duo of Elliot Diehl and Slade Dumas before winning 8-4 against Randolph College's Edgar Ellis and Joseph Kaneda in consolation play. The tandem would then fall to Averett University's Henry Blanco and Carlos Lora, 8-3.
  • Junior Jacob Bartholow (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) and sophomore Ron Stith (Cheltenham, Md./Lackey) notched an 0-2 record in B2 doubles.

Singles:

  • Gorel won his opening round, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, over Randolph-Macon College's Jacob Haines to advance in the championships bracket. He would then fall in straight sets to Swarthmore College's Thibault Vernier (4-6, 2-6) and Christopher Newport University's Justin Cerny (2-6, 2-6).

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • This concludes the fall portion of the 2017-18 campaign for St. Mary's. The Seahawks will be back in action this spring, starting February 24 against Roanoke College at the Somerset Tennis Complex. 

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