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2017 Men's Tennis Season Preview

2017 Men's Tennis Season Preview

2/22/2017 — In 2017, the Penn State Altoona men’s tennis team will be looking to improve upon its finish last spring, when it went 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference to finish in sixth place in the league.

The Lions’ eight-player roster includes three returners: junior Thomas Graden (Hummelstown, PA/Lower Dauphin) and sophomores Carlos Cevallos (Palisades Park, NJ/Palisades Park) and Jonathan D’Arcy (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks West).

In singles matches last year, Graden split time between the third and fourth slots in the lineup, Cevallos played in the first, second, and fourth seeds, and D’Arcy divided time between the two and three spots. The trio combined for eight overall singles wins, including six wins against AMCC opponents. In doubles play, Graden played in the number two and three flights, while Cevallos and D’Arcy each split time between the first and second slots. They combined for seven overall wins in doubles matches, including five AMCC wins.

Penn State Altoona’s fifth-year head coach Doug Simmons and assistant coach Scott Pickrell will be expecting more consistency and steady improvement from the program’s three returning players. The Lions also welcome five freshmen: Jake Colledge (Altoona, PA/Altoona), Jared Harshbarger (Somerset, PA/Somerset), Luke Key (Harrisburg, PA/Mechanicsburg), Andrew Ung (Upper Chichester, PA/Chichester), and Tao Yang (Emporium, PA/Cameron County).

The Lions’ 2017 schedule is comprised of 12 matches, five of which are versus AMCC opponents. Penn State Altoona, which is slated to play all four of its home matches at ProCare Fitness & Tennis Center in Altoona, will start its season at home against non-conference opponent Geneva College on Saturday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. The Lions will also play home matches against AMCC opponents Penn State Behrend (Friday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m.), Pitt-Bradford (Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.), and Mount Aloysius College (Sunday, April 9 at 12:00 p.m.). Penn State Altoona travels to play AMCC foes Franciscan (Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.) and Pitt-Greensburg (Sunday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m.).

Besides the team’s season-opening match with Geneva, Penn State Altoona will also hit the road to face non-conference opponents Saint Vincent College (Sunday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m.), Frostburg State University (Sunday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m.), Waynesburg University (Tuesday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m.), and Juniata College (Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m.), and the Lions will also play a two-day set of non-conference matches on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at Marietta College.

Photo (left to right): Penn State Altoona's returners, sophomore Carlos Cevallos, junior Thomas Graden, and sophomore Jonathan D'Arcy, will be important for the Lions this spring.

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