Baltimore, Md. (September 22, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's men's tennis completed day two of the Loyola Invitational Saturday afternoon.
In the Mount's first quarterfinal match, Alex Matisse and Collin Muraiaka of James Madison topped Evan Hine and Parth Sharma by taking all three. Matisse downed Sharma, 6-3, 6-3, and Hine fell to Muraiaka, 6-2, 6-1, and the Duke's duo posted a 7-6(5) victory in doubles to advance.
In the final quarterfinal match for the Mount, Jackson Wood registered a 6-1, 7-5 win in singles over Loyola's Blest Jones, but Matt Fitzmaurice topped Jean Armstrong, 5-7, 6-1, 10-9, and Loyola's duo recorded the doubles win 6-3 to secure the round's victory.
In consolation action, Brandon Wortkotter and Zachary Burau, as well as Sean McNulty and Chris Lindsey, won matches in the quarterfinals but then turned around and lost in the semifinals. Both teams will play for eleventh place in the Northwest bracket final. Wortkotter and Burau topped Johns Hopkins' Robbie Simon and Matt Laurie by taking two or three. The Mount duo took the doubles match 6-3, and Burau edged Laurie 6-7(2), 6-4, 10-8 but Simon clipped Wortkotter 3-6, 6-4, 10-7. Ceylan and Lopez from Morgan State took down Wortkotter and Burau in the semifinals after the Bear's duo swept all three matches.
Lindsey and McNulty took all three from Loyola's Kanuch and Shortell to advance to the consolation semifinals. Lindsey and McNulty topped Loyola's duo 6-3 in doubles, Lindsey defeated Kanuch 7-6(4), 6-1, and McNulty squeaked by Shortell 2-6, 6-2, 10-6. In the semifinals, Johns Hopkins' Chu and Humes defeated Lindsey and McNulty 6-3 in doubles and Chu topped Lindsey 6-2, 6-2.
Sharma and Hine will play in the Northeast final for seventh place after being topped by Loyola's Cash and Burch. The Greyhounds duo won the doubles match 6-4, Cash topped Sharma 6-3, 6-4, and Burch defeated Hine 4-6, 6-2, 10-3.
The Mountaineer duo of Armstrong and Wood will play for fifth place in the North bracket championship after taking two of three from Johns Hopkins' Hogan and Safaran. The Mount duo won the doubles match 6-4, and Wood blanked Hogan 6-2, 6-4, but Safaran defeated Armstrong 6-2, 6-3.
The Mountaineer men look to finish the Invitational on a strong last day performance on Sunday, September 24 with matches beginning at 9:00 AM.