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Men's Tennis Blanks Lake Erie, Falls to Penn State Altoona

RAWLINGS, MD — The Frostburg State men’s tennis team split a pair of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference matches Friday afternoon at the Rawling Heights Racquet Club.

The Bobcats blanked Lake Erie, 9-0, for their ninth straight win before being edged by Penn State Altoona, 5-4.

The Bobcats (11-3, 6-2 AMCC) had little trouble with the Storm to begin the day.

Sophomore Justin Stephens (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) and senior Terence Killen (Darnestown, Md./Quince Orchard) opened with an 8-1 win over Joe Barbaro and Brian Bailey at the top doubles spot, and seniors Dave Butler (Grantsville, Md./Northern Garrett) and Sean Shillinger (Darnestown, Md./Quince Orchard) followed with an 8-2 victory against Mike Rustifo and Kyle Mann at the second spot. FSU took the third flight by default.

Frostburg State dominated singles play, losing just three games to the Storm. Stephens downed Bailey, 6-1, 6-0, at the top spot, and three Bobcats posted shutout wins at the Nos. 2-4 flights.

Killen blanked Barbaro, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2, and junior Scott Ruest (Waldorf, Md./McDonough) shut out Mann at No. 3. Butler was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Rustifo at the fourth spot.

Shillinger capped the victory with a 6-1, 6-1 blitzing of Sean Miller at the fifth flight. Junior Matt Dickey (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) picked up a default win at the No. 6 position.

In their second match of the day, the Bobcats found themselves in a tight battle with conference rival Penn State Altoona.

FSU opened a 2-1 lead after doubles action. Stephens and Killen improved their record to 8-2 on the year with an 8-0 shutout of Dave Bruno and Scott Kowaleski at the top flight, and Shillinger and Butler followed with an 8-5 defeat of Jared Feerrar and Yannick Riveti at the second spot.

The Cougars closed the gap when Jim Hofer and James Goldstein posted an 8-4 win over Ruest and freshman Andrew Spangenberg (Frederick, Md./Frederick) at the third flight before the Bobcats looked to pull away in singles play.

Stephens swept Butler, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 1 flight, and Killen added a 6-0, 6-2 win over Goldstein at the second position.

However, Penn State Altoona rallied by winning the final four flights. Kowalski held off Ruest, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), at No. 3, and Riveti got past Butler, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), at No. 4.

Feerrar picked up a 6-2, 7-5 win against Shillinger at the fifth flight, and Hofer edged Dickey, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, to seal the Cougar win.

Frostburg State will look to defend its AMCC title when it hosts the league championship tournament on Saturday.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780