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Purchase Men's Tennis Shocks Top Seed in Semis

The Purchase College men’s tennis team showed that the regular season was not a precursor to the postseason.

During the regular season, Purchase lost to the Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU-Poly) in a Skyline Conference match. NYU-Poly went on to an undefeated record in the conference and a top seed in the Skyline Conference Championships while Purchase was seeded fourth.

Purchase reversed the regular-season outcome, winning the last match for a 5-4 victory over NYU-Poly in a Skyline Conference Men's Tennis Championship semifinal at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing on Friday.

Purchase will play at the winner of No. 3 Mount St. Mary-No. 2 Farmingdale State on Saturday, at a time to be determined.

The Panthers trailed NYU-Poly, 2-1 after three matches, before taking four of the final five. After Brenden Keeling won his match, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, at first singles, to even the team match at 4-4, freshman Michael Sorge, a Stepinac graduate, punctuated it.

Sorge swept D.J. Errabali, 6-4, 6-4, at fifth singles to steal the win.

Purchase won four of the six singles matches as Jeremyah Schur and Ben Ekis also needed just two sets for victory. Schur also teamed with Keeling to win the first doubles match, 8-6.

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