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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Elizabethtown Men’s Tennis Edges Moravian 5-4 in Conference Opener and Division I La Salle 5-4 to Run Winning Streak to Four Matches; Elizabethtown Women’s Tennis Defeats Division I La Salle 5-4

ELIZABETHTOWN and LANCASTER, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College’s tennis teams won all three matches in which they played this weekend. The Elizabethtown men defeated NCAA Division I member La Salle University 5-4 Saturday and Commonwealth Conference rival Moravian College 5-4 Sunday to stretch their winning streak to four matches and improve to 4-5 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Elizabethtown women, playing in their first match since October, defeated D-I La Salle University 5-4 as well Saturday to improve to 14-2 overall in 2006-07.

Saturday’s men’s and women’s matches against La Salle began at Elizabethtown’s Alumni Courts, but as rain began to fall, they had to be moved indoors to the Hempfield Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa. The La Salle men dropped to 6-8 overall with the loss, while the La Salle women fell to 4-6 overall with the loss.

In the men’s match Saturday, Elizabethtown began in the hole 2-1 after winning only one of the three doubles matches. The tandem of Maarten Albers (Oisterwijk, The Netherlands/Theresialyceum) and Andrew Voshell (Chester Heights, PA/Garnet Valley) won 8-3 at first doubles for Etown. The Blue Jays rallied to win the match by taking four of the six singles contests. Albers won 8-5 at one, Voshell won 8-4 at four, Bastiaan Dessing (The Hague, The Netherlands/Sorghvbil Gymnasium) won 8-6 at five, and Zach Atkinson (Willow Street, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) won 8-0 at six singles.

In Saturday’s women’s match, the Blue Jays took two of the three doubles contests. Stacy Shapiro (Audubon, PA/Methacton) and Emma Smith (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) eked out a 9-8 (8-6) win at first doubles, while Heather Lander (Accident, MD/Northern Garrett) and Jessica Russell (Kennett Square, PA/Unionville) cruised to an 8-2 win at third doubles. In the singles sets, Shapiro ground out a 9-7 win at one. Lander won a 6-0, 6-0 blowout at fifth singles, and Russell posted an 8-1 win at six.

Facing Moravian in their Commonwealth Conference opener Sunday, the Elizabethtown men scraped out a 5-4 win, and Moravian dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference with the loss. In doubles, Ryan Knarr (Robesonia, PA/Conrad Weiser) and Brok Walker (Red Lion, PA/Red Lion) won 8-4 for Etown at second doubles, and Atkinson and James Dombach (Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township) won 8-5 at third doubles. In singles, Albers won 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 at one, Walker won 6-4, 6-2 at three, and Dessing won 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 at five.

The Elizabethtown men will return to action on the road Tuesday, March 27 at Commonwealth Conference opponent Messiah College in a 3:30 p.m. match. The Elizabethtown women will return to action at home Saturday, March 31 in a 10:00 a.m. match against Washington College (Md.).

At Elizabethtown, Pa.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
(Men) Elizabethtown College 5, Moravian College 4
Singles competition
1. Maarten Albers (ETOWN) def. Ian Box (MOR) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
2. Neil Caniga (MOR) def. Ryan Knarr (ETOWN) 6-1, 6-3
3. Brok Walker (ETOWN) def. Scott Shelbo (MOR) 6-4, 6-2
4. Keith Feinman (MOR) def. Andrew Voshell (ETOWN) 6-3, 6-2
5. Bastiaan Dessing (ETOWN) def. Lee Gustin (MOR) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
6. Jeremiah Reinhart (MOR) def. Zach Atkinson (ETOWN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Ian Box/Neil Caniga (MOR) def. Maarten Albers/Andrew Voshell (ETOWN) 8-3
2. Ryan Knarr/Brok Walker (ETOWN) def. Scott Shelbo/Lee Gustin (MOR) 8-4
3. Zach Atkinson/James Dombach (ETOWN) def. Keith Feinman/Jeremiah Reinhart (MOR) 8-5

Saturday, March 24, 2007
(Men) Elizabethtown College 5, La Salle University 4
Singles competition
1. Maarten Albers (ETOWN) def. Ross Flockerzie (LASALLE) 8-5
2. Matt Rivera (LASALLE) def. Ryan Knarr (ETOWN) 8-5
3. Jonathan Maula (LASALLE) def. Brok Walker (ETOWN) 8-6
4. Andrew Voshell (ETOWN) def. Christian Harvey (LASALLE) 8-4
5. Bastiaan Dessing (ETOWN) def. Corey Henson (LASALLE) 8-6
6. Zach Atkinson (ETOWN) def. Justin Feiner (LASALLE) 8-0
Doubles competition
1. Maarten Albers/Andrew Voshell (ETOWN) def. Ross Flockerzie/Christian Harvey (LASALLE) 8-3
2. Matt Rivera/Jonathan Maula (LASALLE) def. Ryan Knarr/Brok Walker (ETOWN) 9-7
3. Corey Henson/Justin Feiner (LASALLE) def. Zach Atkinson/James Dombach (ETOWN) 8-5

Saturday, March 24, 2007
(Women) Elizabethtown College 5, La Salle University 4
Singles competition
1. Shapiro, Stacy (ETOWN) def. Joann Lee (LASALLE) 9-7
2. Lauren Perry (LASALLE) def. Smith, Emma (ETOWN) 9-7
3. Rachael Barnhart (LASALLE) def. Swarr, Emily (ETOWN) 8-6
4. Mary Hardiman (LASALLE) def. Yu, Alice (ETOWN) 8-2
5. Lander, Heather (ETOWN) def. Tasha Deneen (LASALLE) 6-0, 6-0
6. Russell, Jessica (ETOWN) def. Victoria Ridge (LASALLE) 8-1
Doubles competition
1. Shapiro, Stacy/Smith, Emma (ETOWN) def. Joann Lee/Lauren Perry (LASALLE) 9-8 (8-6)
2. Rachael Barnhart/Mary Hardiman (LASALLE) def. Swarr, Emily/Yu, Alice (ETOWN) 9-7
3. Lander, Heather/Russell, Jessica (ETOWN) def. Tasha Deneen/Victoria Ridge (LASALLE) 8-2