BELLVILLE, Ill. – After tearing through first round play, Greenville College men’s tennis was ousted 5-1 by eventual SLIAC champion Principia in the semifinal match of the 2012 Friday-Saturday SLIAC Tournament.
“Principia was the best team our conference has seen in the 11 years I’ve coached,” stated head coach Brannon after the tough loss. “For us to have a shot at them at all, is quite an accomplishment for a team as young as ours. Our young guys now know what it takes.”
After blasting Fontbonne in a 5-0 sweep on Friday, GC got their chance at powerhouse Principa and gave the overwhelming favorite a scare. Greenville commenced the battle with a stellar 8-5 win at No. 2 Doubles, but No. 3 Doubles competition to provide an early 1-1 line. No. 1 Doubles was locked in a 6-6 tie, but eventually was dropped 8-6.
In individual action, No.’s 1, 5, and 6 singles looked promising for the Black & Orange, but the club would never get the chance. PC beat No.’s 2, 3, and 4 in convincing fashion, and the 5-1 match was decided. GC No. 1 and team captain Ian Wolf was headed for a 3rd set in his match, and No.’s 5 and 6 Singles were in the early stages of decision and were very close matches.
“Give Principa a lot of credit,” continued Brannon. “They got wins where they needed them and are a very talented and together club. I am very proud of our effort and our team has come a long way.”
In consolation action GC was again dealt the loss, as Webster slid past 7-2 in 3rd and 4th place play.
Greenville College men’s tennis finished their 2012 campaign with an overall record of 9-11 and posted a 2-3 showing in SLIAC play. The squad finished 4th in the regular season conference standings and 4th in tournament play.
Announced at the 2012 SLIAC Tennis Tournament were the All-Sportsmanship Teams. Below are the recipients named to the Men's & Women's Tennis All-Sportsmanship Teams.
Men's Tennis All-Sportsmanship Team
Wes Deibner - Eureka
T.J. Eggleston - Fontbonne
Ian Wolf - Greenville
Jason Wissman - Principia
Wakeel Rahman - Webster
Steven Yob - Westminster
Men's Tennis Tournament Results
#4 Greenville def. #5 Fontbonne, 5-0
#3 Webster def. #6 Eureka, 5-0
#1 Principia def. #4 Greenville, 5-1
#2 Westminster def. #3 Webster, 5-0
#5 Fontbonne def. #6 Eureka, 9-0 (5th place)
#3 Webster def. #4 Greenville, 7-2 (3rd place)
#1 Principia def. #2 Westminster, 5-1 (Championship)