After being considered one of the favorites for the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, the John Carroll University men’s golf team finished in a tie for fifth place, 22 shots behind the top team from Otterbein College.
Of the five Blue Streaks that were competing, four fired a 79 on the first 18 holes. Sophomore Sam Scala was the Blue Streak leader on day one, two shots ahead of all his teammates with a 77.
Junior Joe Zucker heated up on day two, shooting a 74 that tied him for 10th place. The rest of his teammates were again clustered, with two shooting a 78 and the other two recording a 79.
Scala finished tied for 16th place, while junior Jeff Deal and senior A.J. Spalding finished in a tie for 22nd. Senior Blake Furgerson was 25th.
Not to be lost in the disappointing finish was the fact that JCU won four tournaments this season.
With the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament set to get underway yesterday, the John Carroll University men’s tennis team is playing their best tennis of the season. The team has won three consecutive matches, and has managed to win 26 of 27 games in that span.
After back-to-back 9-0 sweeps over Marietta College and Heidelberg College, the Blue Streaks finished the regular season on May 1 with an 8-1 victory over Wilmington College.
JCU finished with a firm grip on the fourth seed in the conference tournament, setting up last night’s first round match at home against Capital University. The two teams met back on April 17 in Columbus, Ohio with JCU pulling out a 7-2 victory.
The Blue Streaks are chasing their first OAC Tournament title since the 2006 season.
Much like the men’s team, the John Carroll University women’s tennis team entered the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament having won three consecutive matches, and five of their last six matches dating back to April 14.
Of their last five victories, four were 9-0 sweeps of the opposition. Their most recent victory was 5-4 win over Wilmington College on May 1.
With their 6-3 record, JCU tied for third place in the conference, but lost out in a tiebreaker to Mount Union College because the Purple Raiders won the head-to-head matchup on April 20 when they handed the Blue Streaks their only loss in the last six matches.
That set up a May 4 match against Ohio Northern University in the first round of the OAC Tournament.
JCU is in pursuit of their first OAC crown since 2004.