off a highly successful regular season with a record of 8-1, the men faced
a very competitive Gloucester CC squad in the Region 19 tournament May
6-7 at Mercer County Park. (The Vikings’ only regular season loss
came early, when they faced Harford minus three starters.) The Vikings
were Region 19 victors with 21points, followed by Gloucester with 16 and
Brookdale with 9. The MCCC players knew what to expect from Gloucester,
having beaten them twice during the regular season in close matches, 5-4,
At the nationals, the team compiled 29 points after champs Oxford, (41 points) and runner-up Rock Valley, IL (32 points). Regional rival Gloucester CC came in fourth with 21 points. MCCC’s second doubles team of Devlin/Zanon was unstoppable, winning the national title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Rock Valley. Devlin came in second at no. 2 singles. Mercer advanced all eight flights into the semi-final round with seven straight set wins and one three-set win. In their semi-final matches, Nichols/Schmitter and Weber/Follmer fought tough battles, losing in three sets.
Devlin/Zanon were named All-Americans at second doubles. In addition to his players’ talent on the court, Dlugosz also praised the academic accomplishments of Zanon, Weber and Neuls.
only Nichols and Devlin are likely to return to the roster next year,
Dlugosz notes that will be a strong nucleus from which to start. He was
assisted this year by Peter Stratton, a Mercer soccer All-American from
1968 who is also a strong tennis player, and Marty Devlin, a Hall of Famer
who teaches tennis. Women’s head coach Marc Vechhiolla joined Dlugosz
in Plano at the conclusion of the women’s tournament in Tucson to
assist the men’s team.
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