Grove City captures PAC title
Wolverines earn 52 of 54 possible points, win 22nd league crown
ERIE, Pa. -- Grove City earned its 22nd consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title on Saturday afternoon by earning 52 of a possible 54 team points in the two-day conference championships at the Pennbriar Club. Grove City crowned champions in eight of nine flights, including all three doubles draws.
Head coach Joe Walters earned the conference's Coach of the Year award and freshman Peter Riley earned PAC Player of the Year honors after winning the conference title at first singles.
Riley captured the conference title with a 6-4, 7-5 final-round victory against No. 2 seed Tony Constantino of Saint Vincent. Riley, the top seed, opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 quarterfinal victory against Waynesburg's Isaiah Cochran, the No. 8 seed. In the semifinals, Riley rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Westminster's Drew Trifelos, the No. 4 seed.
At third singles, Anthony Rosselli dropped just three games on his way to the conference title. He blanked Thomas More's Ben Millman, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals and then recorded a 6-0, 6-0 semifinal victory against Thiel's Jian Long Zhang, the No. 5 seed.
In the championship, Rosselli earned a 6-3, 6-0 victory against No. 2 seed Sean Malone of Saint Vincent.
Scott Yanak earned the conference championship at fourth singles with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Saint Vincent's Dan Chirdon. Yanak advanced to the finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win against Westminster's Mike Matisi in the semifinals.
Yanak opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal victory against Thiel's Shun Kogai.
Andrew Deckert prevailed at fifth singles by winning each of his three matches in consecutive sets. Deckert downed Thomas More's Andrew Mason in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-0, before securing a 7-5, 6-3 decision against Saint Vincent's Nathan Walch in the semifinals.
Deckert then defeated Westminster's Ryan Carr in the championship match 6-1, 6-2.
Colby Beighey earned his first individual conference title by prevailing at No. 6 singles. Beighey defeated Saint Vincent's Chris Andrejcik in the title match 6-1 and 7-5.
Beighey dropped just one total game in his first two matches. After notching a 6-0, 6-1 quarterfinal win against Thomas More's Michael Stephens, Beighey blanked Washington & Jefferson's Craig Kornick in the semifinals 6-0, 6-0.
Caleb Fuller earned runner-up honors at second singles for Grove City. Fuller, the No. 2 seed in the draw, blanked Westminster's Sean Black in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Fuller outlasted Saint Vincent's Anthony Nemenic 6-7, 6-0, 6-4. In the title match, top-seeded Eric Thompson of Thomas More pulled out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory against Fuller.
Riley and Deckert also teamed for a league title at first doubles as they defeated Chirdon and Nemanic in the title match 9-7. The Riley-Deckert duo defeated Cochran and Colin Phillips of Waynesburg in the quarterfinals 8-2 before beating the Thiel tandem of Richard Parks and Collin McAndrew 8-4 in the semifinals.
Fuller teamed with Rosselli to win the conference crown at No. 2 doubles as that duo defeated Constantino and Malone in the final round 8-2. The Fuller-Rosselli team began the tournament with an 8-0 win against Millman and Ricky Barria in the quarterfinals. The Grove City pairing then blanked Westminster's Black and Matisi in the second round 8-0.
Beighey and Yanak earned the league championship at third doubles by dropping just three total games in three matches. Beighey-Yanak earned an 8-1 win against Thiel's Roger Irby and Eric Serjeant in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Grove City pairing rolled to an 8-0 win against the Waynesburg team of Philip Littlejohn and Jason Logan.
In the finals, Beighey and Yanak combined for an 8-2 victory against Andrejcik and Walch of Saint Vincent.
Saint Vincent finished second with 34 points and Westminster took third with 20.