Colgate Tennis Competes at ITA Regionals

Cameron Thaney

Last weekend, the nation’s best collegiate tennis players from all over the country competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships in hopes of qualifying for November’s National Indoor Championships. The men’s team traveled to Princeton University, while the women competed at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Unfortunately, Colgate’s top players from both the men and women’s teams ran into some tough competition last weekend, only managing to win one main draw match. But the men did have success in the consolation draws.

In the main singles draw, it was a battle of the “Martins”, as Colgate’s top singles player, junior Martin “Go Gate!” MacIntyre faced St. John’s Kosut Martin in the first round. The Martin from St. John’s proved to be too much for Colgate’s junior, as Kosut Martin defeated MacIntyre, 6-2, 7-5. MacIntyre bounced back well from his loss, as he was able to win two matches in the consolation draw. He defeated UConn’s Ben Schueler, 6-0, 6-2 and Will Guzick of Harvard, 6-2, 7-6 before losing in the quarterfinals to UMBC’s Fredi Voorman, 6-4, 6-3.

Sophomore John Nogueras competed in the singles qualifying draw, hoping to earn one of the few qualifying spots. Unfortunately, Nogueras fell in the first round to David Tillem of Georgetown. Nogueras won a tight first set, taking the tiebreak by the score of 7-4. But Tillem rallied and took the final two sets by matching scores of 6-2. In the back draw, Nogueras bested Niagara’s Nick Bolea, 6-2, 6-2 but fell in the second round to Jon Epstein of Stony Brook, 6-3, 6-2.

In doubles action, senior Tyler Deck teamed up with MacIntyre to take on Jason Savage-Pollack and Omar Laalej of Drexel. Colgate’s captains competed well, but lost a tight match to the Drexel duo, 8-6.

The women’s team provided the lone main draw victory for Colgate. The sophomore duo of Samantha Inacker and Elise DeRose won their first round match, defeating Stephanie Cohen and Liz Winokr of Georgetown, 8-5. In the second round, Inacker and DeRose faced the 11th seeded team, Michal Amir and Julia Huschle of Maryland-College Park. Inacker and DeRose played a solid match, but it was not enough to upset the 11th-seeded team, as they succumbed, 8-5.

In the singles draw, DeRose, Colgate’s top singles player, faced more tough competition from Maryland, losing a heartbreaker to Oksana Krutiyenko. DeRose started strong, using her penetrating groundstrokes to take the first set, 6-4. But Krutiyenko raised her game in a close second set, winning 7-5. In the decisive third set, Krutiyenko squeaked out the victory by taking the final set, 6-4.

The men will take to the courts again this week as they travel to Ithaca to compete at the Cornell Invitational. The women have concluded their fall competition.