Two more Penn College fall sports teams opening season

Two more Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams are scheduled to open their seasons over the next week as the men’s tennis team hosts Susquehanna University at noon on Saturday and the women’s tennis team travels to Misericordia University at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Men’s tennis

“I’m very excited to start. We haven’t lost anyone and (the players) have been working hard over the summer, taking lessons, hitting a lot. The guys at the bottom of our lineup have gotten a lot better,” said coach John Machak, who is entering his second season.

Sophomore Blake Whitmire returns at No. 1 singles with sophomore Nico Pascual at No. 2. Expected to open at No. 3 singles is freshman Garrett Bennett with junior Ethan Rosler at No. 4; and seniors Andrew Francisco, Austin Adams, and Stephen Helminiak in the mix.

“We’re really deep, really good on the men’s side, so we’re really excited about that,” Machak said. “We have to improve on the consistency, which I think we are going to take a big step this year on. … Consistency isn’t the most important thing when you’re just starting out, but now these guys have improved drastically with that so you’re going to see a lot better game from them.”

A year ago the Wildcats had an 0-4 fall season and went 2-7 in the spring.

Women’s tennis

Despite coming into the season with an new lineup from last year’s 2-12 (0-7 fall) team which finished fifth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference in the spring, Machak is hopeful of improvement.

“The good news is a lot of our players have taken private lessons from the local club pro. They’ve played a lot of high school tennis and had success. It’s going to be a new squad, but I’m very happy with what I think is going to be a good, successful season,” Machak said.

Top players are expected to be seniors Sammie Via, Meghan Herman, and freshmen Cassie Shook and Amber Janelli.

“The seniors haven’t played since high school, but (have played) recreationally and it’s really just going to be kind of getting the rust off and getting their strokes out again, which shouldn’t take long. I expect them to be pretty competitive right away,” Machak said. “For the other two (underclassmen), it’s just taking them to the next level.”

The spring season, which begins in April, also will see the return of junior Jane Herman to the team. Last spring, Herman, who is on the women’s soccer team this fall, finished third at No. 3 singles in the NEAC and was an All-NEAC Third Team member.

The key for both the men and women, Machak said, will be a quick start each time out.

“We have to start fast with our doubles matches. We play three doubles matches and then you play the singles matches and last year we often put ourselves behind the eight-ball with the doubles matches. This year the whole key is going to be to start fast, win the doubles matches and then that way we’re up early and we’ve got the advantage and we’re putting pressure on our opponents,” Machak said.

SCHEDULE, RECORDS

and RESULTS

Men’s soccer

Overall: 0-2

NEAC: 0-0

Friday, Sept. 1 – at Geneva College, L, 3-0

Saturday, Sept. 2 – at Grove City College, L, 3-1

Wednesday, Sept. 6 – host Keystone College, 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8 – at Delaware Valley University, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 11 – at Pitt-Greensburg, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer

Overall: 0-1

NEAC: 0-0

Friday, Sept. 1 – host King’s College, L, 3-1

Thursday, Sept. 7 – at Keystone College, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13 – host Lycoming College, 7 p.m.

Men’s cross country

Friday, Sept. 1 – at Misericordia University Invitational, finished fourth in a nine-team field.

Saturday, Sept. 9 – at Morrisville Invitational, noon

Saturday, Sept. 23 – at Lock Haven Invitational, 10:30 a.m.

Women’s cross country

Friday, Sept. 1 – at Misericordia University Invitational, finished sixth in a nine-team field.

Saturday, Sept. 9 – at Morrisville Invitational, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16 – at Abington Invitational, 8:30 a.m.

Men’s golf

Wednesday, Sept. 13 – at Keuka College Invitational, 10 a.m.

Men’s tennis

Overall: 0-0

Saturday, Sept. 9 – host Susquehanna University, noon

Monday, Sept. 11 – at Misericordia University, 3 p.m.

Women’s tennis

Overall: 0-0

Monday, Sept. 11 – at Misericordia University, 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14 – host Susquehanna University, 4 p.m.

Women’s volleyball

Overall: 1-1

NEAC: 0-0

Saturday, Sept. 2 – at Lycoming College Classic vs. Lycoming College, L, 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-15); vs. Summit University, W, 3-1 (29-27, 19-25, 25-23, 25-14)

Saturday, Sept. 9 – host triangular with Morrisville State (NEAC), noon; and Misericordia University, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13 – host Penn State Abington (NEAC), 7 p.m.

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