Two Greyhounds Teams Win Open Round At Loyola Invitational
BALTIMORE - Two Loyola University Maryland men's tennis pairs won their opening round matches Friday as the Greyhounds commenced play at the third-annual Loyola Men's Tennis Invitational.
A fifth Loyola player advanced in the championship bracket, as Charlie Shanker teamed with Morgan State University's Nihit Rawal in a mixed pair to beat a team from Mount St. Mary's University.
The Loyola Invitational features a points-of-the-compass bracket in which teams of two play one doubles and two singles matches. The best-of-three winner advances in the championship bracket, and all teams are guaranteed four sets of matches during the weekend.
Cash and Burch opened their competition with a 6-4 doubles win over the Blue Jays' Robbie Simon and Matt Laurie. A three-set win by Laurie, 6-3, 3-6, (11-9), over Burch evened the round at 1-1, but Cash came from behind to knock off Simon in three, 2-6, 6-4, (10-6), to seal the win.
Jones and Fitzmaurice played fellow Greyhounds Kelley and Moreno, easing to a 3-0 win. The advancing tandem won 6-2 in doubles, and Jones was a 6-1, 7-5 victor over Kelley in singles. Fitzmaurice got by Moreno, 6-1, 6-1.
Shanker and Rawal beat The Mount's Brandon Wortkotter and Zach Burau, in a doubles tiebreaker, 7-6 (4), but Shanker fell to Burau, 6-2, 7-5, in singles. Rawal, however, won his match, 6-3, 6-1, over Wortkotter, moving the team along in the championship bracket.
Kyle Gower won a singles match over Mount St. Mary's Evan Hine, 6-2, 7-5, but Gower and Brian Hoffarth fell, 7-6 (3), to Hine and Parth Sharma in doubles action. Sharma then rallied to edge Hoffarth, 3-6, 6-4, (10-5).
Johns Hopkins' Jack Hogan and Nathan Saferan defeated the Loyola pair of Colin Kanuch and Jack Shortell, 3-0. The Blue Jays won doubles, 6-0, and Hogan was a 6-3, 6-0, victor against Kanuch. Saferan then beat Shortell, 6-2, 6-2.
Players completed doubles action in quarterfinals matches before retiring for the evening.
Rawal and Shanker beat Cash and Burch, 6-4; Jones and Fitzmaurice knocked off Mount St. Mary's Jackson Wood and Jean Armstrong, 6-3.
Bryan Chu and Charlie Humes of Johns Hopkins beat Kelley and Moreno, 6-3, and Mount St. Mary's Chris Lindsey and Sean McNulty topped Kanuch and Shortell, 6-1.
Action is slated to resume at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning at the McClure Tennis Center.