Landon Williams and Navarro Veys advance to the USTA-ITA National Small College Championships in October
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)].
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
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).