April 21, 2013

Royals Clinch No. 1 Seed by Turning Back Gophers, 9-0

Hoesman, Spivey See Winning Streak at No. 1 Doubles End

SCRANTON, Pa. — Goucher could have prevented Scranton from being the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Men's Tennis Championship, but the Gophers didn't have the guns to win today's battle with the Royals.

The Royals set the tone for final match of the regular season for both teams by sweeping the three doubles matches and went on to pin a 9-0 setback on head coach Brendan Kincaid's squad.

The doubles team of Seth Hoesman (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and David Spivey (Cockeysville, Md./The Park School) brought a five-match winning streak into the encounter with Scranton's Tim McGurrin and David Teres at No. 1. McGurrin and Teres prevailed 8-5, and the Hoesman/Spivey pairing will finish the 2012-13 campaign with a 6-5 record.

Hoesman also ran into McGurrin at first singles and suffered a 7-6 (4), 6-3 setback. Still, he completes his first year of collegiate tennis with an 11-8 record and becomes the first Goucher netter to play in at least 75 percent of his team's matches and have a winning record since 2006-07 when Andrew Ortiz was 11-7 and Chris Covey was 10-8.

Spivey won the first set at No. 2 singles, but Reres rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (9) victory.

The Gophers (5-14, 1-6 Landmark) won only five games in the remaining four singles matches.

With the win, the Royals (7-4, 6-1 Landmark) pulled into a tie with Drew for first place in the final Landmark standings and they earn the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament as the result of their head-to-head win over the Rangers during the regular season.