ELON, NC- Longwood’s men’s tennis team returned to action and competed individually at the Elon Invitational from Friday to Sunday.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN:
Louis Reis was defeated by Eder Blanco (NC A&T) 6-4, 6-0 at Phoenix Singles. He then beat Oliver Saarinnen (NC Central) and was beaten in his final match by Devon Moskowitz in a long game (UNCG) 6-2, 3-6, 10-3.
Yoav Weinberg was beaten by David Fishberg (UNCC) and Rafa Mujan (Radford) 4-6, 6-1, 10-4 in the Phoenix Singles.
Ernest Rocabert was on fire in his first two matches, beating Emiliano Jonquera (Hampton) in straight sets, and Robert Hagen (Radford) 7-6(7), 2-6, 7-6(5). Rocabert was in the semi-final of the Phoenix singles before losing to Bruno Serra (UNCA) in straight sets.
Lukas Krause opened Powell’s singles with a win over Samuele Pla (Queens) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Krause then fell to Daniel Flynn (Hampton) in straight sets.
Vselovod Rusin won his first two white singles matches against Ian Pederson (NC A&T) and Ibraham Abbas (NFSU). He finally fell in the semi-final against Neiman Sneed (NC Central).
Gary Huang defeated Neiman Sneed in a long three-set match and fell in the next round White Singles 6-4, 6-1 to Euan Lynes (Queens).
Nikhil Kulkarni had a BYE first round in the white singles and fell to UNCG’s Jay Montague.
Ryan Foster was in the round robin singles and opened against Laquon Gilchrest (NC Central) and won in return 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Foster also defeated Roosevelt Brown in straight sets and won the round robin portion of the tournament.
The Weinberg/Reis and Huang/Rocabert duos faced off in the Phoneix doubles. Weinberg and Reis advanced to the semifinals after beating duos of Elon/Liberty and Norfolk State. The tandem lost the semi-final to Norfolk State’s Rebechini/Lunin. Huang and Rocabert fell to UNC Greensboro and James Madison.
Krause and Kulkarni teamed up in Powell’s doubles and advanced to the semifinals after defeating UNC Greensboro’s Gwynn and Khrysuk. They eventually fell to NC Central’s Bharathy and Sneed and the pair of Johns and Moskovitz from UNC Greensboro, 6-4.
Rusin and Foster teamed up in the double white and defeated Norfolk State’s Lena and Abbas. They then fell to UNC Greensboro’s Cannon and Montague before beating Liam and Olmedo against NC Central in the white singles third place game.
WHAT THEY SAID
“The guys showed a lot of promise and played well this weekend,” the head coach said. adam jackson after the Elon Invitational. “I’m excited to see them improve and grow as we become healthy and continue to test ourselves.”
The men’s team watches the River City Open, starting October 7e hosted by the University of Richmond.