May 8, 2009

Courtesy of Mount Union Athletics

GAMBIER, Ohio - Mount Union College scored its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, 5-0, against Lebanon Valley (PA) College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship Friday at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders advance to play No. 7 in the nation and regional host Kenyon College in second round Saturday at 2 pm.

Mount Union in its first NCAA Tournament appearance moves to 21-4 overall and have now won 16-straight matches.

Lebanon Valley ends its season at  12-8 overall.

Mount Union started the match with a decisive 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles from sophomore Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) and freshman Grant Aronson (Beachwood/Beachwood).

Juniors Brian Mogus (Canton/Canton South) and Travis Papay (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) then tallied an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles while freshman Alex Kearney (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and  junior Brian Widdoes (Reynoldsburg/Reynoldsburg) notched an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead.

Mogus then tallied a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles and Aronson closed out the match with a 6-0, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles.

Kenyon (19-7 overall), won a regional bracket last season before losing to Emory (GA) University in the national quarterfinals and is making its eighth straight and 13th overall appearance in the national tournament. The Lords earned their spot this season by winning their third straight North Coast Athletic Conference title.

The other half of the regional features a second round matchup tomorrow at 10 am between No. 14 ranked Carnegie Mellon (PA) University and No. 21 ranked and seven-time NCAA Division III National Champion Kalamazoo (MI) College.

The second round winners play Sunday with the winner of the regional advancing to the national quarterfinals at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California.