Men’s Tennis Advances to GNAC Championship with Semifinal Victory Over Colby-Sawyer Saturday

Men’s Tennis Advances to GNAC Championship with Semifinal Victory Over Colby-Sawyer Saturday

QUINCY, Mass.- The top-seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference North Division, the Eastern Nazarene College men's tennis team downed second-seeded Colby-Sawyer 5-0 Saturday afternoon in the GNAC Tournament Semifinals at the ENC Tennis Courts.

The Lions improve to 15-7 on the year with the win and advance to the GNAC Championship in their first season as a league member. The Chargers finish the season with an 8-10 overall record following the loss.

For the third-straight match, the home team swept the three doubles positions to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Henry Siercke (Hamburg, Germany) and Julius Opaschowski (Hamburg, Germany) bested Julius Lowman and Alex Wright 8-1 at the top doubles spot.

Diego Rodriguez (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) and Tim Schoengens (Inden, Germany) picked up their team-best 12th doubles victory with an 8-4 win over Erik Antonacci and Matt Burke at the No. 2 position.

Shaw Campbell (Redding, Calif.) and Kyle Pierson (Redding, Calif.) downed Mike White and Matt Williamson at the third doubles slot 8-4.

Eastern Nazarene netted a pair of wins in singles action to clinch a spot in the conference championship match for the third-consecutive year, having reached the Commonwealth Coast Conference finals in 2017 and 2018.

Pierson extended the Lions' lead to 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 5 singles position over Antonacci.

Moments later, Opaschowski clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 2 spot over White to collect his team-leading 15th singles win of the season.

Siercke, Rodriguez, and Schoengens all sported 1-0 leads when the match was called.

Eastern Nazarene will host Ramapo, the South Division's top-seeded squad and six-time defending league champions, in the GNAC Championship May 4.