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Men’s Tennis Finishes Close Second at AMCC Championships

ERIE - The Frostburg State men’s tennis team finished a close second to Penn State Behrend at the 2004 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships held Saturday at Penn State Behrend.

The Lions compiled 11 points to edge the Bobcats, who totaled 10 points. Penn State Altoona finished third with six points, while Pitt-Greensburg was fourth with zero points.

Senior Justin Stephens (Southern Garrett/Oakland, Md.) blanked UPG’s Josh Thorpe 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles semifinals before dropping a hard-fought 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 2-6 decision to Ryan Deimel in the finals.

Junior Gary Lyst (Blair/Silver Spring, Md.) captured the No. 2 singles title, defeating UPG’s Scott Feltenberger 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals and then rallying past PSA’s Sean Condit 4-6, 7-5, 7-1 in the title match.

At the No. 3 slot, senior Pete Della-Luna (Longmeadow/Moshpee, Mass.) outlasted PSA’s Alex Chang 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in the semifinals before falling to PSB’s Jon Barber 6-2, 6-3 in the championship.

Senior Dustin Robinson (Leonardtown/Leonardtown, Md.) capped his debut collegiate tennis season by winning the No. 4 singles title. He opened with a 6-2, 6-0 win over UPG’s Brian Jones in the semifinals before besting PSB’s Brian Espin 6-4, 6-2 in the finals.

At the No. 5 position, junior Jake Helms (North County/Linthicum, Md.) dropped his semifinal match to eventual champion Mike Stefan 6-1, 6-1, while freshman Andrew Holt (Southern/Harwood, Md.) fell to PSA’s Pat Cooper 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals of the No. 6 flight.

The Bobcats claimed two of the three doubles flight championships.

Stephens and Lyst paired to win the No. 1 title, defeating UPG’s Thorpe and Tim Lang 8-2 in the semifinals and then edging PSB’s Deimel and John Marini 9-8 (7-4 tiebreaker) in the title match.

Della-Luna and Robinson followed by capturing the No. 2 tandem title. The duo downed PSA’s Chang and Chris Baker 8-2 before slipping past PSB’s Barber and Espin 9-8 (7-3 tiebreaker).

Holms and Holt fell in the No. 3 semifinals to PSA’s Stefan and Cooper by an 8-3 margin.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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Fax: 301-687-4780