MIDDLEBURY, VT – The 2017 ITA Division III Men's New England Regional Championship kicked off today at 8 am with both doubles and singles action. Twenty Division Three New England schools are represented at this year's tournament.
In doubles play, one seed pair Lubomir Cuba '19 and William de Quant '18 from Middlebury fell in the first round to Nathan Kaplan '20 and partner Sean Wei '21 of Amherst. The Amherst tandem will move on to play Anupreeth Coramutia '21 and Jackson Kogan '19 of Brandeis University tomorrow. Second seeded Williams College duo Alex Taylor '20 and Brian Grodecki '18 defeated a Colby tandem 8-2 and will compete against MIT's Victor Cheng '20 and Charles Deng '21 in the second round. The Williams is one of only four of the top eight seeded teams to survive the opening round and make it to further play. They are joined by three seed Luke Tercek '18 and Grant Erken '19 from Bowdoin, seven seed duo Tyler Barr '19 and Michael Zhao '21 from MIT, and eight seed Middlebury duo Kyle Schlanger '18 and Timo van der Geest '18. A mix of Brandeis, Amherst, Bates, and Wesleyan pairs make up the rest of the advancing bracket.
In singles play, the top eight faired better. Along with his double's success top seed Lubomir Cuba defeated Amherst and Bowdoin opponents to earn himself a spot in the next round. He will match up against Williams' Sachin Raghavan '18 who won his spot in the third round with two decisive victories over Brandeis and Trinity competitors. Wesleyan's Steven Chen '18, Middlebury's Noah Farrel '19 and William de Quant, and Bowdoins Luke Tercek make up the rest of top eight who will advance to the next round of the tournament. Austin Barr '21, Ananth Raghavan '20, and Brian Grodecki also earned victories in the first and second rounds of today's action. They will have the chance to advance further when play resumes tomorrow.
"I thought the team competed exactly how we wanted today," head Coach Dan Greenberg stated, "Our younger doubles teams earned leads and opportunities and played solid doubles but were just unable to close out at the end. In singles, every guy showed they can hang with anyone. I'm really excited for tomorrow's matchups."
Saturday begins with doubles play at 9:00 am, followed by the continuation of singles at 12:00 pm.