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April 23, 2004
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Rosen to represent Crusaders at MACs

The best in the conference will meet at the Middle Atlantic Conference Individual Championships this weekend, and the Crusaders are sending four players.

Senior Karl Rosen will represent Susquehanna at the singles tournament, after achieving a solid 7-3 record at the No. 1 position this season.

At last year's tournament, Rosen competed with Matt Redgate in the doubles competition and advanced to the semifinals before losing to Elizabethtown's Greg Voshell and Sude Dillhon 3-6, 6-3, 1-6.

Junior Justin Rhood will also be representing the school in the singles tournament, after putting together a stellar 8-2 mark this year.

For his career, Rhood has compiled a 16-17 record playing at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions.

The Crusaders are also sending one doubles team. The pair of sophomore Steve Kane and senior Pete Kokolus earned the spot by posting three doubles victories this season.

In the final match before the championships, the men's tennis team lost to Wilkes 5-2 on Wednesday.

The loss drops the Crusaders' overall record to 4-6 this season and disqualifies them from the team championship bracket.

Earning victories for the team in singles play were junior Justin Rhood and sophomore Ofir Tomer.

Rhood improved his singles record with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Wilkes' John Lowe. The win, Rhood's eighth, is a Crusader-high for this season.

Tomer won his match with a two-set, 6-2, 6-2 victory. The two singles wins were the only points the Crusaders picked up on the day.

Head Coach Rob Logan's overall record dropped to 8-12, as his second season at the head of the Crusaders' tennis program came to a screeching halt.

With the season at its conclusion, the issue arises as to who will take over top singles positions and team captaincy in the wake of departing seniors Adam Marichak and current team captain Karl Rosen.

Logan said that losing Rosen is a big hit because of the great leadership he provided, especially when Logan first took over as coach.

He also said that he hopes both Rosen and the other seniors on the team have set a good example for the future captains to follow.

Rosen occupied the No. 1 singles spot for the majority of this season, and Marichak held the No. 2 spot, despite a 0-7 season.

The good news is that Logan has many options. He could give the captaincy on a seniority basis to returning players like juniors Shawn Lindsey or Rhood.

Sophomore Steve Kane showed much promise this season, registering a 6-4 singles record, and Logan said he might decide to go that route.

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