Baron Tennis Finishes Conference Season Undefeated

Baron Tennis Finishes Conference Season Undefeated

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Franciscan University men's tennis team completed an undefeated season in the AMCC by defeating visiting D'Youville College, 9-0. The Barons hold the number one seed in next weekend's AMCC Championship Tournament.

Barons head coach Jeremy Ellis complimented his team's continuous ability to adjust to adversity and keep playing at a consistently dominant level.

"Their resilience has been fantastic," Ellis said. "They've been really flexible. Usually this time of year when we have some chippy weather, we don't get outside as much for practice and the guys start to rescind a little bit, but there is a lot of mental toughness this year."

Every singles match that was played had a first set score of 6-0 in favor of the Barons, and three Barons, freshman Zack Quiza, senior John Shultis and freshman David Freytag, went on to shut-out their opponents in the second set as well. Shultis is the lone senior on the Baron squad and played his final home match of his career today.

"John has been a pleasure to have on the team," Ellis said. "He's a great personality, always encouraging. Today he went out 6-0, 6-0, and certainly left his mark as the second men's tennis player to graduate from the Franciscan tennis program."

Team Captain Paul Jarzykna continued his dominating run at the number one singles spot, defeating his opponent 6-0, 6-4.

"This has definitely been Paul's year," Ellis said. "He is just playing really well. He put a lot of work into his game over the summer and it's really showing now. His biggest win of the year was in the No. 1 singles against Penn State Behrend, and I'm excited to potentially see that match-up again in the conference final."

Out of the Barons six conference matches this season, they have only lost four individual matches, which translates to winning 93 percent of all individual matches played.

Franciscan will look to continue their dominance over the rest of the conference at next weekend's AMCC Championship Tournament held at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford, Pa. The Barons will face the fourth-seeded University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Friday at 2:30 p.m.