VALPARAISO, Ind. — The undefeated Olivet Nazarene University
men’s tennis team had one final tournament to compete in before they sent
representation to the USTA/ITA Small College Nationals. The Tigers competed in
the Valparaiso University (Ind.) Invitational over a two-day period (Sept. 27 and 28). The Tigers saw much
success, including five titles throughout A, B, C singles brackets and A, B, C
The Tigers competed against players from NCAA Division I
Valparaiso University (Ind.), Goshen College (Ind.), Cardinal Stritch
University (Wis.), NCAA Division I Chicago State University (Ill.) and
Huntington University (Ind.).
Three Tigers competed in the A singles bracket, and freshman Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain)
finished fourth in the consolation side, winning his second match. Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Oscar Mancineiras-Cornella (Lleida, Spain)
each won his first match but then lost, moving them to the Back Draw.
Mancineiras-Cornella had much success winning the Back Draw with two wins, beating Muresan from Chicago State.
In the B singles bracket, Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) won the consolation of the Back
Draw after a win over Zakk Sparks from Huntington. Caio Barros (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) won his first match but fell
in the second round, moving him to the Back Draw where he finished second to
Chavez from Chicago State (4-6, 6-4, 10-7). Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) won third place in the consolation
side of the bracket after winning following a first round loss. He beat Ganesan
Riley St. Clair
(Corona, Calif.) and Alef Guimaraes
(Palmas, Brazil) each fell to the consolation Back Draw, where St. Clair won
after a walkover against Guimaraes.
In A doubles action, the team of Morales and Barros won the
consolation side, beating Veys and Cornella 8-2. Each team had opening round
losses to Division I teams (Valpo and Chicago State).
The doubles team of Ellis and Jensen lost to Dunn and Oakes
of Valpo in round one of the B Doubles bracket, and then fell in the second
round, eventually finishing fourth in the consolation. The most success
experienced by a doubles team was by Guimaraes and St. Clair. They won their first
two matches over Sparks/Brenneman (Huntington) 9-7 and Yeremia/Vurnick
(Cardinal Stritch) 8-4, but fell in the title match to Savaglio/Hickey (Valpo)
ONU will be back in action on Thursday through Sunday, Oct.
10 through 13, at the USTA/ITA Small College National Championships at the Copeland Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.