Men’s tennis sweeps competition in two-match day

It was a long but worthwhile day for the Waynesburg men’s tennis team up north on Saturday. 

Many miles were logged on the road, but the team earned its first PAC win in a 9-0 sweep against Thiel College and a 6-3 victory over Penn State Behrend.

“It was nice for our guys to be able to do that,” head coach Ron Headlee said.

The doubles matchups got the ball rolling for the Yellow Jackets. 

The duos of senior Joey English and sophomore Ethan Lown, as well as graduate student Conor Cassidy and freshman Rory Montreuil won their contests 8-1, respectively. 

“I thought our guys played really steady and played really well,” Headlee said. “Even the lower part of our lineup played really well.”

Junior Michael Saliba and sophomore Adam Huckstein took their doubles match 8-2.  

“Anybody playing back at the baseline was able to really set up each point for us to win,” Saliba said. “We each played aggressive up at the net.”

All of the individual matches belonged to Waynesburg. 

“That kind of sets the tone for the rest of our season,” Saliba said. 

The Yellow Jackets then traveled to Penn State Behrend but didn’t start play until later in the evening.

English/Lown won 8-6, and Montreuil/Cassidy took their match 8-3. 

Huckstein/Saliba took the only doubles loss of the day at 8-4. 

Besides English and Huckstein, every other Yellow Jacket won in their singles matches. 

Up next on the schedule for Waynesburg is PAC opponent Westminster College, but the match may be pending due to possible inclement weather, according to Headlee.

“It’s a match that we can stay in there and win,” Headlee said.