Men's Tennis: Purple Raiders Beat BW to Advance to OAC Finals

Junior Jackson Schneider earned the deciding point in the Raiders' 5-1 win (Photo by Jenna Snider).
Junior Jackson Schneider earned the deciding point in the Raiders' 5-1 win (Photo by Jenna Snider).

MIAMISBURG, Ohio --The No. 2 seeded Mount Union men's tennis team defeated No. 3 seed Baldwin Wallace 5-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals Friday afternoon at the South Regency Tennis Club.

The Purple Raiders improve to 16-4, while the Yellow Jackets finish the season with an overall record of 17-4. 

Mount Union blanked Baldwin Wallace in doubles play to take a 3-0 lead. Both second and third doubles finished with scores of 8-4, while junior Jackson Schneider (Oregon, Wis./Oregon) and senior Rob DeMarco (North Canton/Hoover) defeated Baldwin Wallace's Dominic Polifrone and Matt Harris 8-0. 

The Yellow Jackets earned a match point in fifth position singles, but senior Jeff Williams (Cleveland Heights/Lakewood St. Edward) gave the Raiders a 4-1 lead after defeating Baldwin Wallace's Harris in third singles (6-2, 6-2). Schneider earned the fifth and deciding point for Mount Union after defeating Nathan Katz 6-3 and 6-7 in singles position two. 

Mount Union will face No. 1 seed John Carroll -- a 5-0 win over No. 4 seed Otterbein -- in the OAC Tournament Finals at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. 

Tennis Match Results: Baldwin Wallace vs Mount Union, May 05, 2017 at Miamisburg, Ohio
Mount Union 5, Baldwin Wallace 1

Singles competition:
1. Rob DeMarco (MTU) vs. Dominic Polifrone (BWM) 2-3, unfinished
2. Jackson Schneider (MTU) def. Nathan Katz (BWM) 6-3, 7-6
3. Jeff Williams (MTU) def. Matt Harris (BWM) 6-2, 6-2
4. Robert Cross (MTU) vs. Brian Carano (BWM) 4-1, unfinished
5. Jake Liebler (BWM) def. Zach Teffner (MTU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Kyle Hicken (MTU) vs. Jake Elbin (BWM) 0-6, 0-3, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. Rob DeMarco/Jackson Schneider (MTU) def. Dominic Polifrone/Matt Harris (BWM) 8-1
2. Jeff Williams/Robert Cross (MTU) def. Nathan Katz/Jake Liebler (BWM) 8-4
3. Zach Teffner/Matt Bringman (MTU) def. Brian Carano/Jake Elbin (BWM) 8-4

Notes:Mount Union 16-4, Baldwin Wallace 17-4

T-2:54  A-30
Semifinals of the 2017 OAC Men's Tennis Tournament
Mount Union is the #2 Seed. Baldwin Wallace is the #3 Seed.
Match moved indoors. 10:15 am start.
Mount Union advances to OAC Finals Saturday at 10 am at Lindner Center.