October 30, 2007

Tennis Loses in Cornell Invite

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With most of its top players not suiting up this past weekend, the men’s tennis team failed to earn a championship victory in this weekend’s Cornell Invitational. Missing from singles competition were seniors Rory Heggie, junior Kyle Doppelt and junior Joshua Goldstein — usual top players for the squad.
Standing in for the inactive players was freshman Jeremy Feldman. The Armonk, New York native was the team’s main singles draw in Flight A and he only made it to the quarterfinals, losing to Concordia’s Alex Grubin, 6-3, 6-4. Before his quarterfinal contest, Feldman earned two victories during the first day of the tournament. The first came against Navy’s Ramsey Lemach, 6-3, 6-3. The second, and final before his exit, came against Binghamton’s Moshe Levy, 6-2, 6-4.
Freshman Mizra Kils also competed in Flight A singles action. Kils had to win a play-in round before advancing. In his play-in matchup against Colgate’s John Nogueras, Kils earned the victory in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. Unfortunately for Kils and the Red, he could not advance any further on the first day of the Cornell-hosted competition. The Charlotte, N.C. native lost a close contest to Duquesne’s Zach Skorupka, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
On the doubles side, the combination of Junior Bryant Yung and sophomore Rich Offutt lost in the Flight B semifinals to a duo from Marist, 9-8 (7). In the Flight A doubles, the tandem of senior Weston Nichols and Goldstein only lasted one round against Marist as they were ousted by Concordia, 8-5. If it serves as any consolation, the tandem that Nichols and Goldstein lost to ended up winning the Flight A championship on Sunday against Buffalo, 8-5.
Both of Cornell’s single competitiors reached the quarterfinals in the Flight B competition. Andy Gauthier defeated Duquesne’s Mikhael Rosner 6-1, 6-2 before defeating Navy’s Jarred Smoke, 6-3, 6-0. In addition to Gauthier’s earlier success, Junior Bryant Yung earned a victory against Concordia’s Rodrigo Teixera in three-set fashion, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.