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Two Greyhounds Teams Win Open Round At Loyola Invitational

C.J. Cash
Sept. 22, 2017

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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.

Blest Jones and Matt Fitzmaurice defeated teammates Peter Kelley and Rodrigo Moreno in the first round, while C.J. Cash and Reid Burch edged counterparts from Johns Hopkins University.

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.






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