CRESSON, Pa. - The Barons improves to 3-0 in conference play on Friday evening, courtesy of a 9-0 victory over Mount Aloysius.
Missing senior captain Jarek Sulak, the Barons sported an abbreviated lineup that saw freshman Luke Conrad pair with sophomore Jake Haffner at the No. 1 doubles spot. The duo served out the match at 8-2 for the win, bolstered by Conrad's consistent backhands and reaction volleys from Haffner at the net.
At the No. 2 doubles spot, seniors Connor Jooste and John Gallagher lost their first conference doubles game but served out the match on Gallagher's racket for the 8-1 win. Jooste's net play catalyzed an efficient victory.
Walter Matt got the start at No. 3 doubles next to Jack Galla, the pair cruised to a quick 8-2 win. Efficient tennis led to short points, and both sophomores found ample opportunities to close at the net. Galla served out the match for the victory.
Up 3-0 after the conclusion of doubles play, the Barons soon took to the courts for singles. Haffner found himself on the winning end of a 6-1, 6-1 performance at the No. 1 singles spot, routinely outlasting his opponent's shots and neutralize rallies behind deep groundstrokes.
After Gallagher's 6-2, 6-0 No. 2 singles win, Matt turned in a 6-0, 6-0 victory on the middle court, never wavering behind smart tennis and consistent first serves, to close the win at No. 5 singles.
Galla never faced a break point en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win. The statement win saw the sophomore capitalize on short balls, outlasting his No. 6 singles counterpart.
With family in attendance, Conrad earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory at the No. 4 singles spot. He opened a previously tight second set with a break of serve at 3-3, and pulled away for the win shortly after.
Jooste lost only a single game in a 6-1, 6-0 performance at No. 3 singles. He turned in a season-high 12 aces, in the process keeping his opponent guessing on service returns.
After the match, freshman Stephen Bolster, the second of Haffner's three wishes, said the following after the match: "I have no idea where we are right now."
The Barons will next take to the courts on Saturday at 1 p.m. against conference opponent Penn State-Altoona.