Gophers Unable to Break Through Against Royals

Gophers Unable to Break Through Against Royals

Pelensky Drops Tiebreaker, Bows to Pannone at No. 3 Singles

TOWSON, Md. — Goucher reached its first Landmark Conference match of the season still looking for its first victory of 2011-12. Unfortunately it didn't come today for the Gophers, who were beaten at home by Scranton, 9-0.

The Royals (2-2, 1-0 Landmark) allowed head coach Michael Vann's squad to win only three sets during the doubles competition. Joe Morra and Mike Pannone combined for an 8-0 win over Austin Prince (Oakland, Calif./Oakland Technical) and John Bescoby (San Marino, Calif./Maranatha) at No. 1 and Tim McGurrin and Bennett Kelley prevailed 8-1 over David Spivey (Cockeysville, Md./The Park School) and Nick Pelensky (Billings, Mont./Billings) at No. 2. Brett Blackman (Philadelphia, Pa./J.R. Masterman) and Pat Murnin (Salt Lake City, Utah/East) fell at No. 3 to Jonathan Russo and Brian Williams, 8-2.

Spivey suffered a 6-4, 6-1 setback to McGurrin at No. 1 singles.

The closest the Gophers (0-9, 0-1 Landmark) came totaking a set in one of the six singles matches was at No. 3 where a tiebreaker was needed to settle the first set and Pannone came out on top of Pelensky 7-6 (3), 6-1.l