FRANCISCAN EARNS TOP SEED IN UPCOMING MEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT

FRANCISCAN EARNS TOP SEED IN UPCOMING MEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT

The AMCC men's tennis championship tournament kicks off Saturday afternoon at Westwood Racquet Club in Erie, PA when #1 Franciscan University takes on #4 Mount Aloysius College at 3:30 p.m. The second semifinal game will take place immediately after the first when #2 Penn State Behrend clashes with #3 Penn State Altoona

Franciscan enters the championship tournament as the top seed with a perfect 5-0 conference record. Senior David Freytag leads the Barons in singles by racking up a 5-0 record at the No. 3 spot, while sophomore Richard Watson compiled a 4-0 record at No. 4 singles. In doubles play, juniors John Gallagher and Jarek Sulak went 5-0 at No. 1, while Freytag and Jack Galla were 4-0 at No. 3 doubles.

With a 4-1 record in conference play is second-seeded Penn State Behrend. 2016 conference player of the year, junior Yanique Apgar, finished the regular season with a 5-0 record at No. 1 singles, while freshman Scott Russell also went 5-0 at the No. 2 spot. Apgar and Russell recorded a 4-1 record at No. 1 doubles, with teammates, with freshman Brenden Dollard and sophomore Brent McFarland also going 4-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Third-seeded Penn State Altoona enters the tournament with a 3-2 conference mark. Freshman Tao Yang led the Lions with a 3-0 record at No. 6 singles. Freshman Jake Colledge and sophomore Johnathan D'Arcy went 2-0 at No. 1 doubles.  

Rounding out the field, with a 2-3 regular season record, is fourth-seeded Mount Aloysius. Mountie junior Nick Centar went a combined a 4-1 at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles spots. Centar and sophomore Dylan Matta recorded a 2-1 record at No. 3 doubles.

The semifinals will take place on Saturday, April 22 at 3:30pm when #1 Franciscan takes on #4 Mount Aloysius. #2 Penn St. Behrend will face off with #3 Penn State Altoona after the conclusion of the first match. The championship match will be at 11:30am on Sunday, April 23.