Panthers Make It Five Straight In SLIAC Men's Tennis

Panthers Make It Five Straight In SLIAC Men's Tennis


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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