Blue Jays End Messiah's Season In Convincing Fashion
Elizabethtown, PA — Fourth-seeded Messiah arrived at Elizabethtown College Tuesday afternoon looking to overcome a 0-9 loss to the Blue Jays during the regular-season.
This underdog victory was not to be.
Messiah (5-11) once again gave up all three doubles points, putting major pressure on the singles matches.
At first doubles, sophomore Justin Meckley and junior Andrew Wismer could not put forth the level of play needed, and fell 8-1.
At second doubles, freshman Dave Wichert and freshman Chris Brittingham put forth more of a fight, but also were defeated 8-3.
Third doubles of sophomore Nathan Shertzer and junior Luke Sisson made for the closest match of the day, but inevitably they too fell short 8-6.
These three points meant that the Blue Jays only needed two singles points to close out the match.
This they did in convincing fashion.
Wismer and Wichert were both the first to finish their matches, losing 6-0, 6-1 at the hands of talented Elizabethtown players. These two points meant that the match was already over, with the subsequent singles matchups discontinuing play.
While the rest of the singles matches were closer in score, each Falcon player found themselves down a set. Unfortunately no time would be given for the potential comebacks to be made.
With the defeat, the Falcons concluded their season.
“We came out and did our best with what we had,” head coach Sheila Bush said. “While it was certainly a disappointing finish, we came away with a lot to be proud of this season. We had a young squad of players, and this was certainly a building year for the future. We can only hold our heads high and look forward to next season.”
Elizabethtown now advances to play Lycoming College, who defeated Lebanon Valley College by a 5-2 score this evening at Lycoming, in the Commonwealth Championship for the second year in a row. Lycoming and Elizabethtown will meet up Saturday for the league title and the right to advance to NCAA Championship competition.