Presidents Place Seventh At PAC Tennis Championships
ERIE, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson College men's tennis team wrapped up its 2012 season on Saturday with a seventh-place finish at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships held at the Pennbriar Racquet Club.
The two-day event was won by Grove City for a 22nd-straight year. The Wolverines collected 52 team points to outdistance Saint Vincent (34) for the title. Westminster was third with 20 points followed by Thomas More (12), Waynesburg (8), Thiel (5), W&J (4) and Bethany (0).
Washington & Jefferson received two points each from senior Craig Kornick (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) and freshman Shihao Liang (Henan Province, China) after both players won first-round matches.
The fourth-seeded Kornick competed in the No. 6 singles bracket and opened with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 win over Thiel's Erik Sarjeant. Kornick suffered a straight-set loss to top-seeded and eventual champion Colby Beighley of Grove City in the semifinals before falling to Westminster's third-seeded Marshall Finelli in the third-place match by a score of 7-5, 6-2.
Liang competed in the No. 2 singles flight as the No. 5 seed and opened with a 6-1, 4-6, 11-9 triumph over fourth-seeded Collin McAndrew of Thiel. Liang fell in straight sets to Thomas More's top-seeded Eric Thompson before being knocked off by third-seeded Anthony Nemenic of Saint Vincent 6-0, 6-1.