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Men's Tennis Finishes Close Second at AMCC Tournament
04/19/2003

ALTOONA, PA — The Frostburg State men's tennis team fell a match short of claiming its second Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title in the last three years, as Penn State Altoona edged the Bobcats, 11-9, to win its second straight league crown Saturday.

Penn State Altoona held a 10-9 advantage heading into the final singles match of the day. The Lions clinched the championship when Jared Feerrar rallied for a hard-fought 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over FSU senior Scott Ruest (Waldorf, Md./McDonough) in the No. 3 singles final.

Bobcat junior Justin Stephens (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) capped his stellar season by winning the No. 1 singles title, defeating Penn State Behrend's Ryan Deimel, 6-2, 6-3. Stephens finished the year with a 16-2 mark.

Sophomore Gary Lyst (Silver Spring, Md./Blair) then rallied for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory against Penn State Behrend's Michael Oy to capture the No. 2 singles crown.

Senior Sean Shillinger (Darnestown, Md./Quince Orchard) advanced to the No. 4 flight championship but fell to Penn State Altoona's Sean Condit, 6-2, 0-6, 2-6.

All three Bobcat doubles tandems advanced to their respective title matches but came away empty.

Stephens and Lyst dropped a hard-fought 8-5 decision to Penn State Altoona's David Bruno and Yannick Rivetti at the No. 1 spot, while junior Pete Della-Luna (Moshpee, Mass./Longmeadow) and Shillinger fell, 8-1, to Altoona's Feerrar and Condit at the No. 2 flight.

Ruest and sophomore Andrew Spangenberg (Frederick, Md./Frederick) fell to Penn State Behrend's John Barber and Aaron Whiting, 8-4, in the No. 3 doubles championship.

All flight winners earned first-team All-AMCC honors, while runners-up took home second-team awards.

The Bobcats finished 11-6 overall and 4-2 in the AMCC under first-year head coach Stuart Swink.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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