Men's Tennis wraps up ITA Tournament
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Michigan Tech men's tennis finished up three days of singles and doubles competition in the ITA Midwest Region Tournament, hosted by Grand Valley State on Sunday. In A bracket singles, Nikolai Prosjanykov fell in round one to No. 16 seed Mario Aleksic (Maryville) 6-0, 6-2. Prosjanykov rebounded for a 6-3, 6-3 win over Frank Piana (Davenport) in consolation before going out to Leon Grundstrom (Northwood) 6-4, 6-3. Junior Vitor Jordao took No. 7 seed Dominic Spicer (Wayne State) to a first set tiebreak but lost 7-6 (2), 6-1. In consolation, Jordao downed Brendan Everhart (Quincy) but fell to Andrin Saner (Drury) in a super-tiebreak 5-7, 6-4, 10-7.
Jordao teamed with sophomore Eli Pinnoo in A bracket doubles to upset No. 4 seed Luke Laws and Dominic Spicer (Wayne State) 9-8 (3) in round one. The duo came up short against Leon Grundstroem and Mathis Violet (Northwood) 9-8 (5) in the next round.
"Round one singles was really tough for us with 22 region teams in the tournament," commented head coach Kristin Yep. "We struggled to quickly adjust to windy outdoor conditions. However, it was nice to see Andrew (Freel) make it to the semifinals of the consolation draw. In doubles, Vitor (Jordao) and Eli (Pinnoo) took out the No. 4 seed in the A draw first round, then lost a close tiebreaker in the round of 16."
Three Huskies fell in B Singles round one. Sophomore Ricardo Nunez lost to Dominik Koenig (UIndy) 6-0, 6-1. Freshman Adam Fenjiro was downed by Juan Suero Perez Frade (Maryville) 5-7, 6-4, 10-5, and sophomore Eli Pinnoo was unsuccessful against Krishan Taneja (Lake Superior State) 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-8.
Junior Andrew Freel and Sophomore Ambarish Rao won their first match in B Doubles 8-2 over Sean Miller and Kushah Shag (Grand Valley State). Prosjanykyov and Nunez lost in the first round to Erik Weiler and Brendan Everhart (Quincy) 8-4. Rao and Freel appeared in singles C draw but did not advance past the second round. Freel made it to the semifinals in consolation.
The ITA Regional Championships feature some of the top men's and women's players across the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete across 85 ITA Regional Championships around the country.
Michigan Tech men's tennis begins team competition on February 18 at Lewis University.