The Youngstown State men's tennis team will take on Northern Kentucky in the opening round of the Horizon League Championships on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center on the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The winner of the match moves on to face top seed Valparaiso on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the semifinals.
The Penguins (18-7, 5-2) have had a record-setting campaign in 2016-17 and finished in a three-way tie for second in the league standings. Because of a tiebreaker with Detroit and Green Bay, YSU is the fourth seed at the tournament.
The Titans, Phoenix and Penguins all split matches against each other and the tiebreaker was how three teams did against league champion Valpo. Detroit lost 5-2, Green Bay suffered a 6-1 loss and the Guins dropped a 7-0 decision to the Crusaders.
Earlier this year the Guins defeated the Norse (7-8, 3-4) by a 5-2 score. The Penguins won the doubles point and won the matches at No. 1-4 singles.
YSU has been one of the hottest teams in the league down the stretch. The Guins have won six of their last seven matches since March 26.
Leading the way at No. 1 is senior Mitch Marsocher. Marsocher is 15-7 in dual matches at No. 1 and posted a 4-3 record in Horizon League play. At No. 2, Danylo Veremeichuk is 11-3 and 5-2 in league play. At No. 3, Thomas Rodrigues is 16-4 in dual play and 6-1 in league matches. At No. 4, Joao Garretto is 16-8 in dual matches and 5-1 in Horizon League play. Luke Purser is 12-7 in dual matches while Gabriel Tolesani is 9-8.
YSU has been strong in doubles in dual and league play. In dual matches the Guins are 43-23 and are 11-6 in HL play. Maroscher and Rodrigues combined for a 5-2 HL mark while Garretto and Veremeichuk went 4-2.
YSU has set the school record for wins this year besting the previous mark of 15 set in 1990-91.