CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College men's tennis was victorious in its Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) debut as the Lions cruised to a 7-2 win over host Keystone College Friday afternoon.
With the victory, Bryn Athyn improves to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the CSAC, while Keystone dropped its season and conference opener.
The Lions got off to a strong start with wins in two of the three doubles matches.
Zach Brock and Jacob Elder improved to 2-0 at No. 2 doubles thanks to a hard-fought 8-6 triumph over the Keystone tandem of Colin Franko and Liam McGranahan. Tanner Schroeder and Max Nelson were successful in their first match together, defeating JT Colapietro and Jeremiah Thomas 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.
Nikita Smirnov narrowly squeaked past Sean Lape 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 to claim the No. 1 singles match and notch his first win of the season. Elder also won a tight match at No. 4 against McGranahan by a 6-4, 7-5 (7-5) margin to earn his first win.
Brock, Schroeder, and Nelson all had an easier time to pick up wins in their respective matches.
Brock was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Greenip at No. 3 singles. Schroeder got by Colapietro in the No. 5 singles match 6-3, 6-2. Nelson cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 6 against Thomas.
Bryn Athyn gets right back to work with a CSAC match against visiting Rosemont on Saturday, March 23 at noon.
BRYN ATHYN 7, KEYSTONE 2
1. Nikita Smirnov (BA) def. Sean Lape (KC) - 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-6), 6-4
2. Colin Franko (KC) def. Vojtech Luza (BA) - 6-3, 6-3
3. Zach Brock (BA) def. Alek Greenip (KC) - 6-1, 6-0
4. Jacob Elder (BA) def. Liam McGranahan (KC) - 6-4, 7-5 (7-5)
5. Tanner Schroeder (BA) def. JT Colapietro (KC) - 6-3, 6-2
6. Max Nelson (BAn) def. Liam Thomas (KC) - 6-0, 6-0
1. Lape/Greenip (KC) def. Smirnov/Luza (BA) 8-0
2. Brock/Elder (BA) def. Franko/McGranahan (KC) 8-6
3. Schroeder/Nelson (BA) def. Colapietro/Thomas (KC) 8-1
Bryn Athyn 1-2, 1-0 CSAC
Keystone 0-1, 0-1 CSAC