GROVE CITY, Pa. — Franciscan University's Baron tennis team fell to nonconference opponent Grove City College 7-2 Tuesday afternoon. This is the team's first loss after a nine match winning streak. The team is now 9-2 on the overall season and finished undefeated in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference 6-0.
"We definitely did not play to the best of our potential but we will learn from it and move on," said head coach Jeremy Ellis.
None of the doubles teams came away from the match with victories. Ellis noted that the No. 1 and No. 2 teams lost by small margins today and that the team needs to focus on improving in doubles to prepare for conference play.
During singles No. 1 seed Leonel Lacayo returned to play after sitting out due to an injury, but fell to Peter Riley, 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 seed Paul Jarzynka put up a fight against Caleb Fuller by stretching the set into three tough games but lost, 4-6, 6-4, 13-11. No. 3 seed Brian Robau, this week's AMCC player of the week, defeated Anthony Rosselli 6-4, 6-3 to earn one of the team's two wins on the day. No. 5 seed John Shultis achieved the other victory winning against Steve Harrison, 6-4, 6-1. Ellis commented that John Shultis came out and played really well for the team.
"Today feels liberating in a sense because I think we can now go on a little more humbly," said Ellis. "We are just going to spend a lot of time on the courts and get ready for what is to come."
The Barons play their last match of the regular season at home on Thursday April 12 against nonconference opponent St. Vincent College. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m.