WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Sunday marked the final day of the ITA Regional Championships hosted by Williams College. What began as 64 singles competitors and 48 doubles teams ended with a single champion in both draws.
The singles winner was Middlebury's Lubomir Cuba who defeated Michael Arguello of Brandies 6-2, 6-2 in the finals. Cuba had defeated Amherst's Josh Marchalik in the semifinals, as well as opponents from Williams, Bates, and Colby-Sawyer on his path to the championship. All of Cuba's victories came in straight sets, with just one set forced into extra games. Arguello was responsible for the first round upset of fifth seeded Alex Cauneac of MIT. Arguello then went on to overcome opponents from Bowdoin, Middlebury, Amherst, and Colby, including two of the 9-16 seeds, before falling to Cuba in the finals. Arguello is a senior, and Cuba is in his sophomore year.
Third ranked Jerry Jiang and Kyle Wolfe from Bowdoin prevailed in the doubles draw, defeating Middlebury's Will DeQuant and Lubomir Cuba in a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 finals battle. Cuba and DeQuant were the seventh seed coming into the tournament. Jiang and Wolfe, a sophomore/junior duo, squared off against the fifth and eighth seeds, one of the 9-16 seeds, and a Colby opponent following their first round bye. After taking the first set in the finals, Jiang and Wolfe dropped the second, but bounced back to clinch with a 10-7 victory.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – With the second day of the three day ITA New England Regional Championships completed, just four singles competitors and four doubles teams remain. After rounds of 64 and 32 in both the singles and doubles draws on Friday, Saturday featured the rounds of 16 as well as the final 8.
In doubles, Middlebury duos will square off in the semifinals Sunday morning at 11:00. The seventh seeded Lubomir Cuba and William de Quant will play the fourth seeded team of Hamid Derbani and Kyle Schlanger in a battle of Panthers. The eighth seeded Williams duo of Alex Taylor and Brian Grodecki will also take part in the semifinals. Taylor and Grodecki earned the spot in the round of 4 after defeating Amherst's Burney and Bessette who had upset the top seeded Cauneac and Lilley from MIT in the previous round. The Williams duo will face Bowdoin's Kyle Wolfe and Yangeng Jiang, the third seed overall. All four semifinalists in doubles were ranked in the top eight before the start of play Friday.
The singles draw proved to be the exact opposite, with none of the top eight seeds advancing to the semifinals. The singles semifinals will feature players from Colby, Brandeis, Amherst, and Middlebury after day one saw six of the top eight seeds defeated in the first or second round. Colby's Vlad Murad defeated back to back Williams opponents on Saturday, and will square off against Michael Arguello of Brandeis, who was responsible for defeating fifth seeded Cauneac of MIT in the first round. Arguello went on to defeat opponents from Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Amherst on his way to the semifinals. Amherst's Josh Marchalik will face Middlebury's Lubomir Cuba, who is also featured in the doubles semifinals. These matches are scheduled to begin at 9:00AM.
Sunday's schedule will feature both semifinals and finals as the remaining players and teams vie for the final spot.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The ITA New England Regional Championships got under way today with rounds of 64 and 32 in both doubles and singles. The singles bracket featured 64 players at the start of the day, while the doubles draw was made up of 48 teams from 22 different schools.
In doubles, the number one seeded Alex Cauneac and Brian Lilley had a first round bye before overcoming their Bowdoin opponents in the round of 32. They will square off against Amherst's Zach Bessette and Oscar Burney who likewise had a bye in the first round and a victory in the second. The eighth seeded duo from Williams College consisting of junior Brian Grodecki and first-year Alex Taylor overcame a Wesleyan tandem to earn a match against Middlebury's Weston Brach and Peter Martin. All eight of the top seeds will move forward to the round of 16 beginning tomorrow, though none are scheduled to play each other. This includes Colby's Reid and Murad in the second seed, Wolfe and Jiang from Bowdoin in the third spot, Derbani and Schlanger from Middlebury, Zykov and Marchalik from Amherst, Bates' Glover and Quijano in the sixth spot, and Middlebury's Cuba and DeQuant, in addition to the MIT and Williams duos.
Singles play, on the other hand, was a different story. Just two of the top eight will be advancing to the round of 16 tomorrow. Three of the top seeds fell in the first round, with another three defeated in the second. Anton Zykov of Amherst, who will also take part in the next round of doubles play, came into the singles draw as the second seed. He defeated opponents from Brandeis and Middlebury in the rounds of 64 and 32, respectively. Kyle Wolfe of Bowdoin, the third seed in both doubles and singles, won his games 6-2, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-0 on his way to a spot in the final 16. Meanwhile, the top seed, Steven Chen of Wesleyan University, was upset by Middlebury senior Hamid Durbani 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of play. Sixth seeded Michael Liu, a fellow Wesleyan Cardinal, was defeated in three sets in the second round as was eight seed Ryan Bunis from Brandeis. Colby's Carl Reid, MIT's Alex Cauneac, and Rohan Gupte from Tufts, the fourth, fifth, and seventh seeds, were defeated in the first round.
The next round of doubles play is scheduled to begin Saturday morning at 9:00AM with quarterfinals following at 10:00. Singles will begin at 11:00, and quarterfinals will get under way at 2:00PM. Sunday will feature the semifinals and finals to wrap up the weekend.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Oracle ITA New England Regional Men's Tennis Championships will be played Friday through Sunday Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 on the Torrence M. Hunt Tournament Courts at Williams College. Play Friday and Saturday will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Should inclement weather intrude, play will be moved indoors to the Lansing Chapman Rink and the Towne Field House both on the Williams campus. Play would begin at 8am if indoors.
"It's great being able to host this event," stated Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "We get the best players in New England, many of whom are the best in the country, all competing for a spot in the The Oracle Cup [formerly known as the National Small College Championships], Oct. 13-16 in Surprise, Arizona. We also have an outstanding support staff and tournament committee that allows us to run a great event for the players and fans. So it's definitely exciting to have this event on our campus."
Twenty-two teams throughout the New England region are sending players to Williamstown to compete in singles and/or doubles play. The singles tournament will feature 64 players and the doubles tournament will be comprised of 48 tandems.
The singles champion and the winning doubles team will earn All-America honors as well as qualify for advancement to the 2016 Oracle Cup.
The number one seeded singles player in the tournament this weekend is Steven Chen from Wesleyan.
Here are the remaining top-seeded singles players:
#2 – Anton Zykov - Amherst
#3 – Kyle Wolfe - Bowdoin
#4 – Carl Reid - Colby
#5 – Alex Cauneac - MIT
#6 – Michael Liu - Wesleyan
#7 – Rohan Gupte - Tufts
#8 – Ryan Bunis - Brandeis
In doubles, the MIT tandem of Alex Cauneac and Bryan Lilley have been seeded first.
The remaining seven of the top-eight seeded doubles teams include:
#2 – Reid/ Murad - Colby
#3 – Wolfe/Jiang - Bowdoin
#4 – Derbani/Schlanger - Middlebury
#5 – Zykov/Marchalik - Amherst
#6 – Glover/Quijano - Bates
#7 – Cuba/DeQuant - Middlebury
#8 – Taylor/Grodecki - Williams