MASON, Ohio -- No. 2 seed Mount Union men's tennis defeated No. 3 seed Ohio Northern 5-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals Friday afternoon at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Mount Union entered singles play with a 2-1 lead after doubles. Ohio Northern's lone point came from the pairing of Connor Christian and Jake Abbott who beat Mount Union's Antonio Massucci (Ashtabula/St. John) and Justin Kelley (Uniontown/Lake) in a hard fought 8-4 decision.
Robert Cross (North Canton/Hoover) secured the winning point in singles over Ohio Northern's Vinh Thai with scores of 6-2 and 6-1.
With the loss, Ohio Northern finishes the season with an overall record of 15-9.
The Purple Raiders move to 14-3 overall and will advance to the OAC Tournament finals for the second straight year and face No. 1 John Carroll.
|Mount Union 5, Ohio Northern 1|
|1. Robert Cross (MTU) def. Vinh Thai (ONUM) 6-2, 6-1|
|2. Jackson Schneider (MTU) def. Hoang Do (ONUM) 6-2, 6-3|
|3. Zach Teffner (MTU) def. Connor Christian (ONUM) 6-4, 6-2|
|4. Antonio Massucci (MTU) vs. Tim Kargl (ONUM) 2-6, 6-2, unfinished|
|5. Mark Beebe (MTU) vs. Jake Abbott (ONUM) 2-6, 6-2, 2-2, unfinished|
|6. Justin Kelley (MTU) vs. Cody Hurley (ONUM) 2-6, 4-5, unfinished|
|1. Robert Cross/Zach Teffner (MTU) def. Hoang Do/Vinh Thai (ONUM) 8-4|
|2. Jackson Schneider/Marke Beebe (MTU) def. Tim Kargl/Andrew Garcia (ONUM) 8-2|
|3. Connor Christian/Jake Abbott (MTU) def. Antonio Massucci/Justin Kelley (MTU) 8-4|