April 25 – ERIE, Pa. – The Bison men’s tennis team won four different flights, making four semi-final appearances in the first day of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Dylan Schooley (Washington, Pa./Trinity) led the way for the Bison on the day, capturing both of his quarter-final matches. Paired with Marcus Hooks (Stamford, Conn./Brien McMahon) at No. 3 doubles, the pair, who came in as the number four seed, defeated the fifth seeded duo of Ben Millman and Joseph Gill of Thomas More, 8-5. Following that performance, Schooley and Hooks then fell 8-0 to the top-seeded Wolverines of Grove City, placing them in the consolation game, tomorrow.
Schooley than turned his attentions on singles play, where seeded number four again, captured a straight-set victory over the fifth seeded Mark Zalakar of Westminster (6-4, 6-3). Schooley then went on to compete against Grove City’s Dan Schafhauser in the semi finals, where he fell in straight sets. The loss once again earned him a spot in the third-place contest tomorrow afternoon.
Other winners in quarter final action included Jared Roque (Munster, Ind./Munster) and Kyle Booker (Forest Park, Ga./Forest Park). Roque, who earned the sixth seed at No. 3 singles, defeated the number three seed, Greg Smith of W&J, in three sets. Roque dropped the first set 6-2 before rallying to take set two, 7-6 (7-5), and the third set by a 10-6 score.
Booker played well as the fifth seed at No. 4 singles, upending Thomas More’s Tim Rice by scores of 7-6 (6-1) and 7-5. Both Roque and Booker would fall in their semi-final matches, earning spots in consolation matches tomorrow afternoon.
The four, semi-final appearances by the Bison this season, marked the most for the team since the 2010 Bison boasted six. It was also the first time since 2011 that a Bison has made it out of the quarterfinal round.
Overall, the Bison earned eight points on the first day, tying them with Westminster for fifth overall in the team scoring. Grove City currently leads the way with 36 points, while Saint Vincent and W&J are tied for second with 20 points, each.
Tomorrow, the doubles flights will take to the courts first as Schooley and Hooks will square off against Saint Vincent’s Tyler Brinton and Dalton Yezovich.
In singles play, Schooley will meet Yezovich again, this time in the consolation match of No. 6 singles. Roque will compete in the third-place match of number three singles against Westminster’s Ryan Carr, while Hooks will compete against Saint Vincent’s Vince Anto in the consolation match of number four singles.
Full first day results can be found at the link below, and all action is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa.