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2013-09-15 Veys/Williams and Jensen take titles at USTA/ITA Central-East Regional
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Landon Williams and Navarro Veys advance to the USTA-ITA National Small College Championships in October

Veys/Williams and Jensen take titles at USTA/ITA Central-East Regional

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — With a chance to represent the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team at the USTA/ITA National Small College National Championships later this fall, eight Tigers took the court at the USTA/ITA Central-East Regional Championships at Graceland University (Mo.).

Over a three-day period (Sept. 13-15), the Tigers saw much success, including a singles bracket runner-up finish by Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and a doubles bracket title from Veys and Landon Williams (Erie, Penn.). 

The Tigers competed against players from the University of St. Francis (Ill.), Ashford University (Iowa), Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), Graceland University and Missouri Valley College.

Four Tigers competed in the singles bracket, and Navarro Veys ended a run of four wins with a runner-up finish, losing to champion Birkir Gunnarsson from Graceland (6-4, 6-2). Veys beat Sordyl (Graceland) in the semifinals; Zubov (St. Francis) in the quarterfinals (6-0, 6-1); and ONU’s own Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) in the third round [6-7, 7-6, (5)].

Freshman Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) fell in his second match (6-5, 6-3) to Gonzalo Torres of Graceland. Oscar Mancineiras-Cornella (Lleida, Spain) won three matches but fell to eventual champion Gunnarsson (6-4, 6-2) in the semifinals.

In doubles action, the team of Veys and Williams beat Le/Weich from Cardinal Stritch (8-3), Randall/Randall (8-5), Razo/Sordyl (Graceland) [9-8 (3)], and in the championship Haizel/Peshev (St. Francis) (8-2). Three other Tiger duos reached the second round: Morales and Barros; Mancieiras-Cornella and Alef Guimaraes (Palmas, Brazil); and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) and Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.). 

In the Main “B” Draw singles bracket four Tigers took the court. Barros, Jensen, Guimaraes, and Ellis. Jensen and Ellis ended up playing in the championship match with Peter Jensen winning (6-2, 6-1). He had to three other matches prior to the title match, the toughest came in the semifinals to Brayton Rasche from Ashford. Ellis defeated Guimaraes in the semifinals (6-3, 6-0) after handily winning his first three matches. In Guimaraes’s matches prior to Ellis he won all three in tiebreakers sets. 

Williams and Veys advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships held at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center  in Mobile, Ala. on October 10-13.

ONU will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Indiana Wesleyan University starting at 4 p.m. (EST).