BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Junior Blest Jones won the Number One Men's Singles flight as the Loyola University Maryland men's and women's tennis teams closed out their fall schedule by competing in the Patriot League Kickoff Tournament at Lehigh University over the weekend.
On the men's side, Loyola joined host Lehigh, Lafayette and Colgate in the tournament field; the Loyola women's team joined Army West Point, Colgate, Morgan State and the host Mountain Hawks competing in the tournament. The tournament consisted of four flights of singles competition and two flights of doubles play for both the men's and women's teams.
Jones started his drive for the number one singles title on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Noah Rosenblatt of Colgate. In the semifinals, he overcame an early deficit to edge Juan Martin-Dyer of Lehigh, 4-6, 6-4, 5-2. In Sunday's championship match, Jones outlasted Bobby Alter of Colgate, 6-7, 6-4, 20-8.
Sophomore Brian Hoffarth of Loyola also played well at number one singles. After dropping a 6-4, 6-2 match to Lehigh's Jack Petersen, he bounced back to win the consolation bracket. Hoffarth edged Blake Oslan of Lafayette, 6-7, 6-1, 11-9. In the consolation finals, he handed Rosenblatt a 6-3, 6-0 loss.
At number two singles, juniors Reid Burch and Tyler Blessing advanced in the consolation bracket. Burch lost to Win Reynolds of Colgate, 7-5, 6-2. He came back to beat Chris Kim of Lafayette, 6-2, 6-1. Blessing dropped a 6-2, 2-6, 13-11 decision to Chris Auteri of Lehigh. He reached the consolation finals with 6-3, 6-0 win over Drew Rooks of Lafayette. Since they are teammates, Burch and Blessing did not play each other in the consolation finals.
At number three singles, senior Matt Bejian won the consolation finals with a 6-1, 3-6, 11-9 victory over Paul Carusso of Lafayette. Bejian reached the consolation finals by beating Graham Lehman of Lehigh, 6-1, 6-1. Bejian lost in the first round to Colin Nardella of Lehigh, 6-1, 6-1.
Sophomore J.J. Good won his first round match at number three singles by beating Carusso, 6-4, 6-4. However, he lost in the semifinals to Ethan Bogard of Lehigh, 6-3, 6-0.
At number four singles, sophomore C.J. Cash lost in the finals to Lehigh's Tyler Hansen, 6-4, 7-6. On his way to the finals, Cash beat Noah Scott of Lafayette (6-1, 6-2) and Kun Tan of Colgate (6-2, 7-5. Junior Brett Shriver also represented the Greyhounds at number four singles and he won the consolation title. Shriver fell to Hansen in the first round, 6-3, 6-2. Then, he beat Ethan Binder of Lafayette, 6-1, 6-0. In the finals, Shriver edged Sam Bencheghib of Lehigh, 7-6, 6-4.
At number one doubles, Jones and Shriver reached the finals before falling to Bobby Alter and Noah Rosenblatt of Colgate, 7-5. Jones and Shriver beat Rooks and Kim of Lafayette, 6-1. They also posted a 6-3 victory over Lehigh's Bogard and Nardella, 6-3. Hoffarth and Blessing also played number one doubles and lost to Alter and Rosenblatt, 6-2.
Burch and Cash reached the finals at number two doubles with wins over two different doubles teams from Lehigh. In the championship, Burch and Cash fell to Martin-Dyer and Petersen of Lehigh, 6-4. Good and Bejian also teamed up at number two doubles and fell to Martin-Dyer and Petersen, 6-4. They recovered to beat Binder and Schott of Lafayette, 6-2. But they lost to Lehigh's Burch and Bencheghib, 6-1.
In the women's competition, senior Ania Krawiec played number two singles for the Greyhounds. She lost her first round match to Genevieve McCormick of Army West Point, 6-1, 6-2. Then she fell to Kayla Price of Morgan State in the consolation bracket, 6-4, 5-7, 11-9.
At number three singles, freshmen Lin Robertson and Alexandria Agee represented Loyola. In the first round, Robertson lost to Cassidy Cruz of Lehigh, 6-4, 6-4. She came back in the consolation bracket to beat Colgate's Kaelin Britter, 6-2, 6-2. But, Stephanie Johnson of Army West Point won the consolation title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Robertson. Agee beat Johnson in her first round match, 6-2, 6-3. But she fell to Jamie Campisi of Lehigh in the semifinals, 6-7, 6-3, 10-6.
Freshman Sydney Siembida played at number four singles for the Greyhounds. She dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Dianna Furaro of Army West Point in the first round. In the consolation bracket, she lost to Leslie Frankland of Army West Point, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.
At number one doubles for the women, Robertson and Agee lost both of their matches.
Krawiec and Siembida played number two doubles and dropped both of their matches.
Coach Rick McClure's men's and women's tennis tea,s will return to action on January 20 when they host St. Bonaventure's at the Greenspring Racquet Club.