The Cornell men’s tennis team traveled to West Point, NY this weekend for the annual West Point Invitational.
When all was said and done after two days of competition, freshman Mike Schlappig and junior Joe Chrisman reached the finals in their respective flights, and the doubles team of freshman Zach Gallin and sophomore Mike Metsel reached the finals in B flight doubles.
Chrisman made the C flight finals after an impressive win against Dartmouth’s Parashar Ranade, defeating him handily in straight sets 6-3. 6-3. However, in the finals, Chrisman fell to Army’s Rafael Albomoz in a tough match, loosing 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Schlappig reached the D flight finals after defeating the number-one seed of the tournament, Army’s Sonny Avichal, squeaking by 6-5, 5-6, 6-3. But, the Black Night’s Matt Thinnes defeated Schlappig in the finals by a score of 6-4, 6-4.
The Gallin/Mestel tandem eased in to the finals with three consecutive victories, blowing out all of their opponents by more than four games. They dropped the final match, however, against Thinnes/Avical team from Army, 8-7 (2).
Freshman star Scott Paltrowitz made it all the way to the semi-finals of B flight singles, but ended up losing in a tough match to Army’s Kent Ball. Ball went on to win the B flight singles title.
Cornell closes its fall season next weekend at the Region I Championships at Virginia Tech.
Archived article by Amanda Angel