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Eagles Tennis Drops Semifinal Matches

(Posted January 1, 2000)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. ? After a strong first day at the MASCAC Individual Tennis Championships on Saturday, things did not go as well for Juniata on the second day of competition as each of the competitors were eliminated in the semifinal round on Sunday.

Juniata advanced three players to the semifinal round in singles competition and had two doubles teams reach the semifinals, but each came up short in semifinal play.

The tightest competition came at second doubles where the tandem of Tom Nelson (State College/State College) and Robert Bowser (Dallastown/York) took on the second doubles team from Messiah College in the number-two doubles flight. The Eagles were in the match throughout, but eventually fell by an 8-6 score.

In the third doubles flight Jonathan Cohen (Highland Regional/Hollywood, Fla.) and Jack Walfish (Springford-Royersford) took on a team from FDU-Florham but were unable to come away with a win as they dropped an 8-4 decision.

Cohen was the only Juniata player to reach the semifinals in both singles and doubles, as he faced off against Mike Kennedy of Drew University in the sixth singles flight. Cohen dropped the decision by a 6-0, 6-2 score as Kennedy went on to win the sixth singles championship.

In the fourth singles flight, Brandon Long (Lebanon/Lebanon) was topped by Jonathan Siemen of Messiah College by a 6-2, 6-0 score. And then in the fifth singles flight Juniata freshman Ryan Navarro (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Blake Bonser of King?s College.

The six semifinalists was the most the Juniata team has ever placed in the semifinal round of the conference singles/doubles championships, and capped a season in which the team established a new program record for wins in a season with 13.

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