Men’s Tennis Dominates In Final Tournament

Mike Nanna

The men’s and women’s Tennis teams went into the October 27 Cornell Invitational and the October 20 ITA Regionals, respectively, with high hopes for their performance and experienced a mix of great success and disappointment.

The men’s tennis team went to the Cornell Fall Indoor Tournament looking for glory and came through, with appearances in four different finals.Sophomore Martin MacIntyre reached the Flight A finals, defeating Chris Albornoz of Army (6-3, 6-4), Pedro Genovese of Marist (6-1, 7-6 (5)), and Weston Nichols of Cornell (6-4, 6-2) on the way.In the final he couldn’t quite edge out Peter Kung of Cornell, who defeated him in three sets (0-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5)).

In the Flight B consolation bracket, Senior Marshall Wheeler overcame a first round loss to Pavlos Stephanides of Temple, advancing past two other players before defeating Buffalo’s Octavian Stane 8-6 in the championship.

First-year John Nogueras, who also reached the Flight C singles semifinal, and junior Tyler Deck reached the Flight B doubles championship.After defeating two other teams, they fell in the final against Tongle Yu and Jonathan Fife of Cornell, 8-5.

The women were represented by senior Jackie Couture and first-year Elise Derose at the Regionals held at Dartmouth University this past weekend, but neither player had their “A” games. Couture fell 6-2, 6-3 in her singles regional match to the University of Richmond’s Robin Carter. The singles draw featured 128 players from universities around the country and the competition was stiff, even for an extremely talented player like Couture.

The women couldn’t change the result in their doubles match, with Couture and Derose losing out 8-4 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Julia Koulbitskaya and Yulia Rivelis. The loss came in the first round of a doubles draw that featured 64 teams. This was an unfortunate end to an otherwise encouraging season.

The results for both the men and women brought their respective seasons to an end. While the men were outstanding this year, the women had their share of ups and downs, but both teams look poised for big improvements in the spring.

The men’s tennis team will begin their fall season on January 19 at the Army Invitational, while the women begin their spring schedule on February 3 when they host Siena.