Panthers Make It Five Straight In SLIAC Men's Tennis

Panthers Make It Five Straight In SLIAC Men's Tennis

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The Principia College men's tennis team won their fifth consecutive St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament after topping Greenville University 5-2 in the championship match. The win adds the Panther programs' conference-leading 15th title.

The two teams, who battled to a 5-4 Principia decision during the regular season, were meeting in the championship match for the fourth consecutive time. Just like in the regular season Principia held a 2-1 lead after doubles action. Principia's top team of Wyatt Dale and Greg Sovie held on for an 8-6 win over Greenville's team of Justin Tilford and Nate Wieland. Dale and Sovie lead 7-3 in the match when the Greenville pair stormed back to close the score to 7-6. Principia stopped the Greenville run by serving out for the win.

Greenville took #3 doubles with Austin Burkhart and Gabriel Munoz winning 8-2. Principia's #2 doubles team of Jules Kitchingman and Nat Kenworthy gave them the lead heading into singles action after winning 8-4. 

The singles action played out in a similar fashion to the regular season however the pivotal match was at #4 singles where Nat Kenworthy avenged a tiebreaker loss in the regular season to clinch Principia's title. On Saturday Kenworthy rolled to a 6-1 win in the opening set and then held off his opponent in the second set for a 7-5 win. Greg Sovie, who had clinched Principia's title last year, also notched a singles win; 6-0, 6-0 at #3 singles while Jules Kitchingman added a 6-1, 6-0 win at #2 singles. 

Greenville's Austin Burkhart picked up his team's second point of the match by winning #6 singles. 

Both the #1 singles match between Principia's Wyatt Dale and Greenville's Gabriel Munoz and the #5 match between Brody Swan and Justin Tilford went unfinished with both playing in the third set. 

Webster University secured a 3rd place finish in the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Westminster College.

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