Rector Wins 401 and BW Improves to 16-0 With 9-0 Shutout of Muskingum
BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin Wallace University Men’s Tennis Coach Brian Rector won his 401st career match and his Yellow Jackets remained unbeaten at 16-0 overall with a 9-0 shutout victory against Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University this afternoon (Saturday, March 31, 2012) at the Muskingum Courts.
With the win against Muskingum, Rector, a 1989 BW graduate and former Acdemic All-American, is an amazing 401-83 in 23 seasons at his alma mater. He is the winningest tennis coach in OAC and Ohio collegiate tennis history. As a student-athlete at BW, Rector once owned all of the Yellow Jacket records for singles and doubles victories, but has since been passed by many of his players. One month after graduating in 1989, his head coach, Truman Fields, recommended Rector as his successor to then Athletic Director Steve Bankson.
With its victory, BW is now 16-0 overall and 2-0 in the OAC and has shut out eight opponents this season. Overall, the Yellow Jackets have outscored the opposition, 132-12 this season. Muskingum dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the OAC.
BW gained an early 3-0 lead after the doubles competition and won all six singles matches to stretch its winning ways to 16 straight.
In doubles action, the number one tandem of juniors Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) won by an 8-0 score, the No.2 duo of seniors Alexander Bourdiaux (Paris, FRANCE/Lycee Saint Dominique) and Taylor Long (Ashland) won by an identical 8-0 score and the No.3 team of sophomores Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) and Josh Pecinovsky (Columbus/ Bishop Hartley) were victorious by an 8-2 score.
In singles play, senior Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won 6-0 and 6-2 at No.1, Horvath won 6-0 and 6-0 at No.2, freshman Kyle Patterson (Wooster/ Triway) won 6-0 and 6-1 at No.3, Bourdiaux won 6-0 and 6-1 at No.4, junior No.5 player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) won 6-0 and 6-2 and Beaton won at No.6 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-0.
Trzeciak’s singles win was the 79th of his career. He is now 79-19 overall and is now tied with former 2-time OAC Player of the Year Mike Wagner (2002-2005) for third place on the all-time Yellow Jacket victory list. In addition, his two victories today (singles and doubles) gives him 152 for his career to rank second all-time. Horvath’s singles victory was the 59th of his career. He is now 59-11 overall and ranks 13th all-time. Horvath also has one more year of eligibility remaining.
This season, Trzeciak tops the Yellow Jackets in victories with 18 and is 18-3 overall. He is followed by Horvath at 17-2, Patterson at 16-3, Kearney at 15-4, Bourdieaux at a perfect 13-0 and Beaton is 11-1. In addition, backups in sophomores Josh Pecinovsky (Columbus/ Bishop Hartley) is 7-3 and Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) is 6-1. In doubles play, the usual No.1 tandem of Trzeciak and Bourdiaux are 11-1, Horvath and Beaton also are 11-1 at No.2, the usual No.3 duo of Patterson and Long are 4-4 at No.3. In addition, Minrovic and Long are 7-4 as a tandem.
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