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Rowan College at Gloucester County

Men's Tennis at NJCAA National Championships
Date: 5/16/2011
Location: Plano, TX

​Roadrunners Win Second Consecutive National Championship

May 19, 2011 Plano, TX

The Gloucester County College (N.J.) Roadrunners men's tennis team captured its second consecutive NJCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship today on the campus of Collin College in Plano, Texas. The Roadrunners won four individual national titles, which lifted their team total to 27 points to give them a them a five point advantage over runner-up Brookdale Community College (N.J.) in the final team standings. 

GCC scored wins at #3 singles, #4 singles, #5 singles and #3 doubles today in the championship round. The Roadrunners had already clinched the title on Wednesday and were battling today for individual championships. This is the second consecutive national championship for the men's tennis program at Gloucester. Head coach Brian Rowan was named DIII National Coach of the Year. Assistant coach Scott Henderson was named the ITA Region IV Assistant Coach of the Year. 

All four of the GCC sophomores, Ryan Airo, Aaron Hartman, Ed Thompson and Jared Randazzo, earned First-Team NJCAA All-American status. The four sophomores, known as GCC's Four Aces, have combined in the last two seasons to dominate Division III tennis. In dual matches they have combined for a 26-5 record, they have won back to back Region 19 Championships and now back to back NJCAA Championships to go with a combined 11 All-American Awards. 

Jared Randazzo is now a four-time NJCAA All-American – this season a Second-Team All-American at #6 singles and First-Team All-American at #3 doubles and in 2010 as a First-Team All-American at #5 singles and Second-Team All-American at #2 doubles. Hartman is now a three-time Individual National Champion - this season winning at #4 singles and #3 doubles and in 2010 winning at #4 singles. Thompson is now a three-time All-American - this season a First-Team All-American at #5 singles and in 2010 a Second-Team All-American at both #6 singles and #2 doubles. Airo won his first Individual National Championship this season, his win at #3 singles is the Roadrunners first at any of the top three flights at the National Championships. The win at #3 doubles by Randazzo and Hartman was also the first doubles National Championship for the men's program.

Freshman #1 singles AJ Moore dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision in his singles championship match. He will return next season and look to build on his impressive first season that included winning the Region 19 Singles Championship.

Read more from NJ.com...Roadrunners Repeat as National Champions.

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The official tournament website is: http://www.collin.edu/athletics/national_tourn/index.html 

Roadrunners Move to Top of Leaderboard at Tennis Championships

May 17, 2011 Plano, TX

The Gloucester County College Men's Tennis Team made their big move today in Plano and put themselves within one win of repeating as Division III National Champions. The Roadrunners sophomore singles players Ryan Airo, Aaron Hartman, Ed Thompson, and Jared Randazzo (known as the Four Aces) all received byes on Monday's first day of play but came out firing today and scored major team points to help move GCC from second place into a solid first place in the tournament. Randazzo got the first points of the day with his 6-2, 6-0 demolition of Onondaga CC's Mason Padron. Airo and Hartman quickly followed suit and then Thompson also powered through his match. At the same time GCC's freshman #1 singles player AJ Moore was scoring his second singles win of the tournament with a win over Mercer CC's Ben Pinter.

The Roadrunners singles dominance over the last two seasons has helped them achieve most of their success. Last year GCC was in the championship round in four singles flights and this season GCC will be represented in five of the finals matches on Thursday morning at Collin College. Freshman #2 singles player Andrew Pfieffer was unable to pull of his upset bid over the top seed but still scored team points with his win on Monday.

In the afternoon doubles matches, GCC's top doubles team of Moore and Thompson lost a three set thriller to the #2 seeds from Nassau CC. The Roadrunners led 4-3 in the third but were unable to close out the team from Nassau and fell 6-4 in the third. The #2 doubles team for GCC of Pfieffer and Vladislav Koldomasov dropped a straight set match in their semifinal round. However, the #3 doubles team of Hartman and Randazzo won their semifinal match over local rivals Brookdale CC to advance to the championship round on Thursday.

All of the Wednesday matches at the tournament are consolation round matches so the GCC players who have advanced in the main draw of the tournament will have an off day before playing the cham​pionship matches Thursday. By winning six semifinal matches today GCC is now in first place with 22 points followed by regional rival Brookdale CC with 16 points. Any one win by GCC or loss by Brookdale CC would clinch GCC at least a share of the championship. The team, of course, is looking to win the title outright though and would like to also bring home as many individual national championships as possible on Thursday.

The official tournament website is: http://www.collin.edu/athletics/national_tourn/index.html

DAY 1 RECAP

May 16, 2011 Plano, TX

Gloucester CC Men's Tennis Team took its first steps toward a good finish today in the 2011 Junior College Men's Tennis National Championships. The Roadrunners won all three of their first round matches at the beautiful Collin College Tennis Center. The eight team field has definitely set its sights on knocking off defending champs GCC but the team responded well today as two freshman were the first on court.

In the first match of the day GCC #1 singles AJ Moore (Williamstown HS) worked for a 6-2, 6-2 win over a game Micheal Fallon from CC Rhode Island.  Moore did not play his best tennis in the win but it is tough for many freshman in their first matches at the pressure-packed event. Fellow freshman Andrew Pfeiffer trailed 4-5 in the first set before running off the next three games to win the first set 7-5 over Onondaga CC's (NY) Joshua Tayefeh. Pfieffer, a Pitman HS grad, worked hard to pull out the second set 6-4 and advance deeper into the main draw of the tournament. The last match of the day for GCC featured Moore and doubles partner Ed Thompson (Overbrook HS) against the top doubles team from Eastfield CC (TX). The Roadrunners powered through a 6-1, 6-2 win to put a point of emphasis on the day.

The second day of the tournament will feature all the tournaments' top players once again and will set the stage for the top teams to make their runs toward the top overall positions in the tournament. The official tournament website is:http://www.collin.edu/athletics/national_tourn/index.html

Tournament Notes: At the National Championship Banquet, Assistant Coach Scott Henderson was honored as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Junior College Assistant Coach of the Year for Region IV. The Junior College ITA Region IV includes all of the schools along the East Coast.

 

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: From NJ.com Roadrunners Set to Defend Championship

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