STEUBENVILLE – Fresh off of their fifth-straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title, the Franciscan men's tennis team is head to Baltimore, MD to play Christopher Newport in the NCAA regional tournament, hosted by Johns Hopkins.
Franciscan finished the AMCC season with a perfect 5-0 record, the fifth-straight undefeated season for the Barons, and earned the top seed in the conference tournament. The Barons swept their way through the tournament and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a 5-0 win over Penn St. Behrend in the championship match.
The Barons' lineup is full of all-conference performers as every player earned at least one spot on an all-conference team this season. Franciscan won every conference doubles match this season as all three doubles teams earned first-team all-conference honors. Juniors Jarek Sulak and John Gallagher went 12-5 at No. 1 doubles while junior Connor Jooste and Richard Watson went 8-7 at No. 2 doubles. Senior David Freytag and partner freshman Jack Galla impressed at No. 3 doubles with a 10-3 record.
Freytag also claimed a spot on the all-conference first team at No. 3 singles after a stellar final campaign in a Baron uniform. The Sidney, OH native went 7-7 in singles this year. Joining Freytag with first team singles honors was Jooste at No. 5 and Watson at No. 4. Jooste holds a 7-6 record going into the NCAA tournament while Watson was 7-6 at No. 5.
Gallagher captured second-team honors at No. 2 singles with a 6-9 record for the year.
Franciscan heads into the NCAA tournament with a 10-9 overall record and will face Christopher Newport in the first match of the NCAA tournament at 10:00 am.
NCAA Tournament Schedule
Match 1 – Christopher Newport vs. Franciscan – 10:00 am (live stats)
Match 2 – John Carroll vs. Goucher – 2:00 pm
Match 3 – Johns Hopkins vs. Match 1 winner – 10:00 am
Match 4 – Wesleyan vs. Match 2 winner – 11:00 am
Match 7 – Regional Championship match – 12:00 pm