HERSHEY, Pa. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s tennis team are heading to the championship match of the 2022 United East Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament following their 5-0 victory in the semifinals Saturday night (Apr. 30).

In its first conference semifinal appearance since 2014, top-seeded St. Mary’s College (13-3) blanked No. 4 seed Penn State Abington (5-7) at the Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey, Pa. No. 2 seed Penn State Harrisburg (10-5) was a 5-0 winner over No. 3 seed Lancaster Bible College in tonight’s other semifinal match.

St. Mary’s will take on Harrisburg, last year’s United East runner-up, in Sunday’s championship match at 11:00 a.m. During the regular season, the Seahawks earned a 5-4 victory over Harrisburg at the Somerset Tennis Courts on April 12.

How It Happened

Sam Sheats vs. Hood (3.2.22) Credit: Bill Wood / St. Mary's College of Maryland

Doubles

  • The Seahawks swept all three doubles matches to head into singles action with a 3-0 lead.
  • Senior captain Sam Sheats (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) and first-year Tyler VanValkenburg (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax) started St. Mary’s off with an 8-1 win over Phil Belotserkovsky and Kyle Elliott at the No. 2 spot.
  • Sophomores Nick Rohr (Fairfax County, Va./Robinson) and Keawe Shepherd Johnson (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) followed suit with an 8-1 victory of their own over Harshvardhan Goel and Adam Moskal at the third flight.
  • Junior captain Stephen Alam (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) and sophomore Kier Nacua (La Plata, Md./La Plata) completed the sweep with a hard-fought 8-5 triumph at the No. 1 spot.

Singles

  • Sheats gave the Seahawks a 4-0 advantage with a straight-set victory, 6-2, 6-0 over Belotserkovsky at No. 3 singles.
  • VanValkenburg clinched the match for St. Mary’s without dropping a single game in a 6-0, 6-0 win over Moskal at the fourth spot.
  • Alam was up 6-0, 2-0 at No. 1 singles while Nacua was down a set, 4-6, at No. 2 singles when the match reached a decision.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • May 1 vs. No. 2 seed Penn State Harrisburg – Hershey, Pa./Hershey Racquet Club – 11:00 a.m.

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