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Lions Tennis Finishes Third at AMCC Championships

Lions Tennis Finishes Third at AMCC Championships

WEXFORD, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's tennis placed third in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Men's Tennis Championships this weekend at Oxford Athletic Club.

Franciscan University won the event, and Penn State Behrend placed second.

In the first round on Saturday afternoon, the Lions enjoyed much success.

In doubles, Penn State Altoona went 3-0.

In #1 doubles, the #4 seeded duo of Max Averbach (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown East)/Benjamin Heidorn (Bedford, PA/Bedford) defeated Pitt-Bradford's #5 Allan Miller/Ian Vaughn 8-4.

Michael Reinhardt (Altoona, PA/Hollidaysburg)/Brian Schultz (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg), seeded #3 in the #2 doubles bracket, won 8-2 over Pitt-Greensburg's #6 seeded team of Jakob Schafer/Kyle Stine.

In #3 doubles, the #3 pair of Adam Kennedy (Williamsport, PA/Loyalsock Township)/Kevin Bartkus (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury) topped D'Youville College's #6 seeded squad of John Krieg/Derek Schall 8-0.

Penn State Altoona's winning carried over to the day's singles play, as the team went 4-1.

In #1 singles, #4 Averbach defeated #5 C.J. Price of Pitt-Greensburg in a tightly-contested match 7-6 (4), 6-4.

#4 Kennedy beat Pitt-Bradford's #5 Vaughn 6-1, 6-2 in #2 singles.

In #4 singles, #3 Reinhardt defeated #6 Schafer, from Pitt-Greensburg, 6-2, Ret.

Heidorn, the #3 seed in #5 singles, beat D'Youville's #6 Marc Moyer 6-0, 6-1.

The Lions tallied eight points on Saturday, putting them behind Franciscan and Behrend in the championship standings. Each of those teams held nine points after day one.

On Sunday, Penn State Altoona's doubles pairs were each defeated, as they faced stiff competition from the teams ahead of them in the standings.

The Lions did pick up two wins in singles, however.

Averbach pulled an upset of the top seed in the #1 singles bracket, defeating D'Youville's Steve Beatty 4-1, Ret.

In #6 singles, Sebastian Bonifasi (Dominican Republic/Carol Morgan School), who earned a first round bye as the top seed in his bracket, bested the #4 seed Dylan Nuzzo from Pitt-Bradford 6-2, 6-2.

The wins set up championship matches for Averbach and Bonifasi.

But Averbach fell 6-1, 6-1 to Franciscan's Leonel Lacayo, the #2 seed in #1 singles, and Bonifasi lost a 7-6 (4), 6-1 decision to Behrend's Carson Emili, who was the #3 seed in #6 singles.

Penn State Altoona totalled two points on Sunday, giving them 10 points during the weekend. Franciscan finished with 22 points, while Behrend secured 19.

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face=Verdana>Photo: Penn State Altoona sophomore Max Averbach tallied three total wins between singles and doubles play over the weekend at the AMCC Championships.

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