Baltimore, Md. (September 22, 2017) – Two out of four Mount St. Mary's University men's tennis pairings won their first round matches on Friday at the Loyola Invitational to advance to the quarterfinal round.
The invitational is a 'Points of the Compass' format, with each team consisting of two players and each round consisting of a doubles match and two singles matches. The winner of the best-of-three advances to the next round.
Jean Armstrong and Jackson Wood led the way for the Mount, sweeping their best-of-three round against Johns Hopkins' Bryan Chu and Charlie Humes. Armstrong and Wood posted a 6-1 victory in doubles play, before Arstrong topped Humes, 6-0, 6-3, and Wood registered a 6-4, 7-5 win over Chu in singles.
The freshmen, Evan Hine and Parth Sharma had a strong showing in match number two by defeating Loyola's Hoffarth and Gower 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Hine and Sharma posted a 7-6(3) victory in the doubles matchup before Sharma topped Hoffarth 3-6, 6-4, 10-5 to clinch the round one win. Gower notched a 6-2, 7-5 singles victory over Hine.
Brandon Wortkotter and Zachary Burau will head to the consolation round after falling to Nihit Rawal and Charlie Shanker of Morgan State 2-1. The Bear's pairing earned a 7-6(4) win in doubles, and Rawal topped Wortkotter, 6-3, 6-1, but Burau defeated Shanker, 6-2, 7-5, in singles action.
Chris Lindsey and Sean McNulty will also head to the consolation side of the bracket after being swept 3-0 to Arjun Ramakrishnan and Lucas Krusinski from Morgan State. Krusinski and Ramakrishnan defeated Lindsey and McNulty 6-3 in doubles, and Ramakrishnan edged Lindsey 6-3, 6-4, and Krusinski topped McNulty 6-1, 6-0 to finish the sweep.
The Mount pairings will continue action in day two of the Loyola Invitational (Saturday, September 23) beginning at 9:00 AM.