Written by Jonathan Barker. Media by Wes O’Dell
Both the Greenville College Men and Women’s Tennis teams defeated the visiting Fontbonne University Griffins on Monday the 13th. Fontbonne was overrun and outnumbered by Greenville, losing all nine matches in each competition.
For the GC men, Alex Dowley did not lose a single set, soaring to a perfect 6-0, 6-0 in his single match. Alongside Jon Urshan, Dowley defeated his Fontbonne opponents Blake Wisniewski and Khoa Trieu 8-3. Demetrius Bush and Mason Tennell also went undefeated in their 8 games against Kameron Thomas and Andrew Overmyer.
Men’s coach Brett Brannon commented his team’s play: “Very solid overall play has been our key to success. The team needs to work harder and pay more attention to detail when playing a team as talented as Principia. The overall goal at the conference tournament is to get to the championship match. Then we will have another chance to play Principia.”
The GC women also cruised to a 9-0 final. “The girls played well against a small Fontbonne team with only four participants. As a team, Fontbonne only took two games in our entire match.” Coach Pam Craig continued: “Our Panthers are working hard this week to prepare for Blackburn in the first round of the SLIAC conference tournament on Friday, April 17th.”
The women’s team currently sits third in the SLIAC Conference with an overall record of 3-7 (2-2 verses conference opponents). The men’s team only trails behind Principia in the SLIAC Conference. After earning a #6 rank in the NCAA rankings in March, the Panther men are currently 12-4 (3-1 verses conference opponents).