CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's tennis team won four singles matches to rally from an early deficit to defeat Catholic University, 5-2, in a Landmark Conference semifinal match at Birchwood Tennis & Fitness Club on Wednesday afternoon.
The win puts the second-seeded Royals (8-4) into the Landmark Conference championship against Drew University in Madison, N.J. at a time to be determined. The championship appearance is the third straight for the Royals, who lost to Drew in the title match in 2010 and 2011.
Scranton fell behind, 2-1, after doubles play, but win the first four singles matches to claim the victory. Junior Joe Morra (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) clinched the win by rallying at No. 2 singles for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Catholic senior Jean Paul Roman (Puerto Rico/Saint Ignacio).
The Royals also received singles wins from juniors Tim McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and Mike Pannone (Maplewood, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory) and freshman Harry Bonet (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle College High School).
McGurrin posted a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles over Cardinals sophomore Cassian Utrie (Appleton, Wisc./Xavier). Pannone edged Catholic sophomore Brian Bradley (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, at No. 3 singles, and Bonet cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles over sophomore Joe Peters (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North).
Scranton also received a win at No. 2 doubles from the team of junior Bennett Kelley (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and McGurrin, who posted an 8-3 win over Catholic's Peters and junior Kyle Kramer (Chester Springs, Pa./Bishop Shanahan).
Catholic, the third seed, finishes its season at 13-4.
Scranton will face Drew on Saturday at a time to be determined on the top-seeded Rangers' home court. In the teams' regular-season meeting, Drew handed the Royals a 5-2 loss on Saturday, March 24, in Madison, N.J. The Rangers reached the title tilt with a 5-0 win over Moravian on Wednesday.
Story provided by Scranton Sports Information