Chester Leads Men's Tennis on Final Day of Philadelphia Area Team Tournament

HAVERFORD, PA -- Alex Chester (Sr., Coral Gables, FL/Palmer-Trinity) earned the Flight 1 Sportsmanship Award and finished in fourth place of the flight to lead the Franklin & Marshall College men's tennis team at the 2004 Philadelphia Area Team Tennis Tournament hosted by Haverford College.

Chester, who advanced to the semifinals of the first flight by routing Brad Gutwillig of Muhlenberg 6-2, 6-2 on September 18, fell to Ryan Carty of The College of New Jersey. In the third place match, Chester fell to Elnar Trust of Haverford 7-5, 6-1 to finish fourth in the flight.

In the consolation semifinals, Andrew Mayer (Jr., West Chester, PA/West Chester East) was defeated 6-2, 6-0 by Justin Cook of The College of New Jersey before. He concluded the tournament by falling 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (9) to Brad Gutwillig of Muhlenberg in the seventh place match as Mayer finished eighth.

In the second flight, Dan Lindenberg (Sr., Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) fell to Mike Klimchak of The College of New Jersey by a 6-2, 6-1 score in the semifinals before dropping a 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (6) third place match showdown with Matt Stein of Haverford.

Joakim Stenbeck (Fr., Westport, CT/Greens Farms) defeated Adam Nodiff of Muhlenberg 6-1, 6-0 in the consolation semifinals before dropping a 7-5, 6-3 match to Randy Moon of Haverford in the consolation final.

Ben Michelman (So., Severna Park, MD/Severn School) defeated Jesse Kirschenbaum of Muhlenberg 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (11) and Seth Cruice (Fr., Darien, CT/Greens Farms) handled Craig Elmore of Muhlenberg 3-2 (retired) in the flight three semifinals to set up an all F&M consolation final. In the final, Cruice edged Michelman 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (3) to take the win as Franklin & Marshall finished fifth and sixth in the flight.

Ryan Carty (TCNJ) def. Alex Chester (F&M), 6-2,6-0

Consolation Semifinals
Justin Cook (TCNJ) def. Andrew Mayer (F&M), 6-2,6-0

3rd Place
Elnar Trust (Haverford) def. Alex Chester (F&M), 7-5,6-1

7th Place
Brad Gutwillig (Muhlenberg) def. Andrew Mayer (F&M), 3-6,6-2,1-0 (9)

Mike Klimchak (TCNJ) def. Dan Lindenberg (F&M), 6-2,6-1

Consolation Semifinals
Joakim Stenbeck (F&M) def. Aadam Nodiff (Muhlenberg), 6-1,6-0

3rd Place
Matt Stein (Haverford) def. Dan Lindenberg (F&M), 6-2,1-6,1-0(6)

5th Place (Consolation Final)
Randy Moon (Haverford) def. Joakim Stenbeck (F&M), 7-5,6-3

Consolation Semifinals
Ben Michleman (F&M) def. Jesse Kirschenbaum (Muhlenberg), 6-3,3-6,1-0(11)
Seth Cruice (F&M) def. Craig Elmore (Muhlenberg), 3-2, retired

5th place (Consolation Final)
Seth Cruice (F&M) def. Ben Michleman (F&M), 7-5,3-6,1-0(3)

Sportsmanship Awards (by vote of teams & coaches):
FLIGHT I - Alex Chester (F&M)
FLIGHT II - Mitch Reading (Muhlenberg) & Matt Stein (Haverford)