ROME, GA. -- After yesterday's victory over Luther College's Nyathi Motlojoa and Cole Schneider in the first round of the ITA national tournament, Ephs Alex Taylor '20 and Peter Frelinghuysen '22 earned another win against CalTech in the second round, but fell to Case Western in three sets in the semifinal.
Following an impressive, come-from-behind victory over Luther in the first round of the tournament, Taylor and Frelinghuysen, ranked 9th in the ITA's NCAA DIII men's doubles rankings, started strong in today's play. Their 6-3, 6-2 second-round victory over CalTech only took two sets, neither of which was particularly close. With the victory in the second round, the Ephs advanced to the semifinal.
Taylor and Frelinghuysen continued their hot streak by narrowly winning the first set against Case Western, but the Spartans bested the Eph duo in the second and third sets by a relatively lopsided margin, ultimately resulting in a final score of 6-7, 6-2, 10-3. The loss to Case Western ended the Taylor-Frelinghuysen duo's 7-match winning streak in ITA play this season.
"It was a good tournament overall and we garnered a lot of experience from tough matches in a new environment," remarked Eph assistant coach Brian Grodecki '18 after the tough loss. "Ran out of steam at the end of the day, but always proud of how our guys compete to the bitter end. Looking forward to implementing all we've learned into the coming practices."
Though this was the final match of the fall for men's tennis, the Ephs will continue their 2019-20 season with a trip to the West Coast, beginning with a match against Westmont on March 23, 2020.