Men's tennis captures PSAC title, downs Mercyhurst

Category:  Sports
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 8:23 AM
Men's tennis captures PSAC title, downs Mercyhurst by Michael McLaughlin
Camilo Moncayo won his match against Meryhurst and his doubles match with Victor Albanese.

The men’s tennis team captured their second straight regular season PSAC title, downing Mercyhurst last Wednesday in Edinboro. They won the match 6-3, but Vitor Albanese was handed his third loss of the season and first PSAC loss.

“He played real well against us that day,” head coach Lee Underwood said of Nenad Terzic, who beat Albanese. “That’s the first time he beat Vitor. We didn’t play very well, but we didn’t need that match to secure the win.”

The men, who are ranked second in the Atlantic Region in the last poll, were able to round out a perfect 5-0 season in PSAC play. Their win streak is now up to nine matches and they will have the number one seed in the PSAC tournament.

The Scots opened up the match with a pair of doubles wins from the combination of Albanese and Camilo Moncayo, who moved to 16-2, and Kevin Mboko and Mauricio Santos.

Santos and Daniel Fernandez each earned their 19th wins, which is tied for second best on the team.

Mateus Santos beat Travis Beck, who is ranked 16th in the region, in straight sets.

On Saturday, the team’s win streak was broken by New York Institute of Technology, the 34th ranked team in the nation, when they defeated the Scots 8-1. The lone win came from Albanese as he improved his record to 27-3 on the year.

Edinboro is now 19-3 for the season.

“It was a little different atmosphere playing them, they were a pretty rowdy bunch. They celebrated their positives and unforced errors from their opponents, which is kind of dicey, but it was good experience playing against them,” Underwood said.

Underwood noted Albanese had a nice win and Moncayo was up in the first set, but was unable to hold it. Other guys were able to get out to leads in the first sets, but they couldn’t hang on.

The Fighting Scots get back to action tonight (Thursday) as they look to set the school’s single season win records with a win against Allegheny.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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