FAIRMONT(FSU)—The Fairmont State men's tennis team earned a share of the 2017 Mountain East Conference Regular Season Championship with an 8-1 win over Shepherd University on Saturday afternoon.
The win gave the Falcons a 6-1 mark in MEC play, entering Fairmont into a three-way split for the 2017 MEC men's tennis crown. FSU will share the title with West Liberty and West Virginia Wesleyan, each also finishing with a 6-1 league mark. Fairmont's lone conference loss came at the hands of West Liberty and Wesleyan's lone loss in conference play came against Fairmont State.
The Hilltoppers were upset last week by West Virginia Wesleyan to give the league a trio tied atop the league standings for the second-straight year.
The Falcons ended the regular season on Monday afternoon with a critical non-conference victory over Shaw University, 5-4, at the Fairmont State Tennis Courts.
Shaw jumped out to a 2-1 lead in doubles before the Falcons took three of the first four matches in singles competition to gain the lead (4-3).
However, Shaw closed out a 6-1, 7-6 win at No. 3 to put the match in the hands of Tom Liddy in the No. 5 position for the Falcons. Liddy picked up the win 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 to give the Falcons the win, allowing the Falcons to improve to 16-8 overall this season.
Prior to Saturday's MEC finale against Shepherd, the Falcons breezed to an 8-1 non-conference victory over Harford College to allow FSU to complete a 3-0 weekend at the FSU Tennis Courts. The Falcons have won four-straight matches and have lost just twice in the month of April.
With the conclusion of the MEC regular season, the seeds and pairing for the 2017 MEC Men's Tennis Tournament have been finalized.
After tiebreakers, the Hilltoppers are the No. 1 seed in this week's tournament, and the Bobcats are seeded second. The top two seeds receive a bye in the first round. Fairmont State is seeded third.
Charleston is the fourth seed, Shepherd is fifth and West Virginia State is sixth to complete the tournament field.
The tournament gets underway this Friday at 11 a.m. at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center in Huntington, W.Va.
Fairmont State will meet sixth-seeded West Virginia State at 2 p.m. Friday in the second quarterfinal of the day.