Men's Tennis: Raiders Survive and Advance to OAC Semifinals

Justin Kelley
Justin Kelley

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's tennis team had a pair of singles players rally from losing their first sets to come back and get wins and give the No. 4 seed Purple Raiders a 5-4 win over No. 5 seed Baldwin Wallace in the first round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday in Peterson Field House.

Afternoon rain forced the match inside and storm clouds brewed early in the match as Baldwin Wallace (15-6) took an early 3-1 lead with wins in two of the doubles matches and No. 2 singles.

Antonio Massucci (Ashtabula / St. John's) grabbed a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles to bring the Raiders to within a point 3-2. Jacob Barton (Madison) dropped his first set at No. 5 singles then came back with 6-1, 6-1 wins in the next two sets to tie the match. 

BW again took the lead at 4-3 with a win at No. 1 leaving the match to No. 4 singles. Mount Union's Justin Kelley (Uniontown / Lake) was blanked in the first set then rallied for 6-3 and 6-2 wins to give the Purple Raiders a dramatic 5-4 win.

Mount Union (11-6) advances to the semifinals where they will face No. 1 seed John Carroll Friday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Tennis Match Results
Baldwin Wallace vs Mount Union
Apr 30, 2019 at Alliance, Ohio

Mount Union 5, Baldwin Wallace 4

Singles competition:
1. Dominic Polifrone (BW-M) def. Robert Cross (MTU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
2. Matt Harris (BW-M) def. Zach Teffner (MTU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Antonio Massucci (MTU) def. Jake Elbin (BW-M) 7-5, 6-1
4. Justin Kelley (MTU) def. Michael Benotti (BW-M) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Jacob Barton (MTU) def. Roger Boyer (BW-M) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Tyler Tareshawty (MTU) def. Miles Collins (BW-M) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Dominic Polifrone/Matt Harris (BW-M) def. Robert Cross/Zach Teffner (MTU) 8-4
2. Jake Elbin/Roger Boyer (BW-M) def. Antonio Massucci/Justin Kelley (MTU) 8-6
3. Jacob Barton/Scott Fletcher (MTU) def. Michael Benotti/Eddie Schartman (BW-M) 8-4

Mount Union 11-6
Baldwin Wallace 15-6
T-4:00 A-45
Order of finish: Doubles 2,1,3; Singles 2,3,5,6,1,4

2019 OAC Tournament

Tuesday, April 30

#4 Mount Union 5, #5 Baldwin Wallace 4
#3 Ohio Northern 5, #6 Marietta 0

Semifinals - Friday, May 3, 1 p.m. - Lindner Family Tennis Center - Mason, Ohio

#1 John Carroll vs. #4 Mount Union
#2 Otterbein vs. #3 Ohio Northern

Finals - Saturday, May 4 - 10 a.m. - Lindner Family Tennis Center - Mason, Ohio