Men's Tennis Opens Competition At Villanova Invitational
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland men's tennis opened its weekend of competition at the Villanova invitational Friday, playing in a points-of-the-compass tournament.
Players are paired as teams and play one doubles and two singles matches against other teams. The best-of-three winning team advances to the next round.
Blest Joens and Matt Fitzmaurice fell, 2-1, to La Salle's Francesco Mowery and Stanislav Nepomnyaschchiy. The Explorers' duo took a 6-3 doubles decision, and Nepomnyaschchiy defeated Jones, 6-1, 6-2. Fitzmaurice was an 8-6 victor over Mowery in singles.
A team from Wagner topped C.J. Cash and Charlie Shanker, 3-0. Anatoliy Lashkul and Dale Sandy earned a 6-3 win in doubles, while Lashkul beat Cash, 6-1, 6-4, in singles, and Sandy was an 8-2 winner over Cash.
Villanova's Alastair Hurry and Matt Phelps defeated Kanuch and Jack Shortell in three with the Wildcats' pair winning, 6-3, in doubles. Hurry defeated Kanuch, 6-1, 6-0, in singles, and Phelps was an 8-0 winner versus Shortell.
Kyle Gower was an 8-1 winner over Delaware's Luis Marcano, but Marcano and Nathan Benyowitz topped Gower and Brian Hoffarth, 6-1, in doubles. Benyowitz edged Hoffarth, 6-4, 6-7 (4), (8) in singles action.
Shanker, Kelley and Tomchik also played together, falling 2-1 to a combined team of Lafayette's Matt DeBenditto and Chestnut Hill's Adam Gavin. The Greyhounds' pair won a tiebreaker, 8-7 (6), in doubles, but Shaner fell 8-3 to Gavin, and DeBenditto topped Tomchik, 8-2.
Action continues Saturday and Sunday at the event.