Doubles Teams Advance At Navy’s Gold Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Two Loyola University Maryland men’s tennis doubles teams won their first-round matches Friday, highlighting the Greyhound’s first day at their final fall competition, the Navy Gold Invitational.
Tyler Blessing and Reid Burch teamed to defeat Saint Peter’s John Oxner and Hector Andres Jacome, 6-3, while Kyle Gower and Brian Hoffarth defeated Mount St. Mary’s Jean Armstrong and Chris Lindsey, 6-4.
Gower and Hoffarth then won their second-round match over Navy’s Romesh Kahatapitiya and Joshua Martin, 6-4, to move on to Saturday’s quarterfinals. Blessing and Burch were defeated, 6-3, by a pair of Midshipmen, Andrew Ton and Peter Lorbach, 6-2.
Blest Jones and Matt Fitzmaurice lost their opening doubles match, 7-5, to Longwood’s Jorge Godoy and Valentin Popescu, but the Loyola duo rallied to win their consolation second-round contest, 6-3, against a mixed pair of Mount St. Mary’s Evan Hine and Loyola’s Peter Kelley.
In singles action, Jones fell, 6-2, 6-2, to Princeton’s Luke Gamble, and Navy’s Ton was a 6-0, 6-0, winner against Hoffarth. Longwood’s Amadeo Blasco beat Burch, 6-0, 6-0.
Navy’s Greg Durham beat Fitzmaurice, 6-1, 7-5, and Princeton’s Eduardo Paz was a 6-4, 6-2 victor against Gower. Longwood’s Rosen Naydenov topped Kanuch, 6-3, 6-0, and Hine came backto top Blessing, 1-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4. Navy’s Josh Martin edged Shanker, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, and the Midshipmen’s Lorbach topped Shortell, 6-2,6-3.
Peter Kelley won a singles’ match, 7-5, 6-1.