The Cleveland State men's tennis team continued play at the ITA All-American Championship and Rocket Invitational Sunday, with Benjamin Slade moving up the CSU Singles Wins List and Matthew Terry advancing to the final round of the Pre-Qualifying ITA All-American Draw.
ITA All-American Championship | Tulsa, Okla.
Matthew Terry finished his weekend at the ITA All-American Championship Sunday, advancing to the final round of the Pre-Qualifying Draw before bowing out of the prestigious tournament.
In his first match of the day, Terry picked up a come from behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Wichita State's Murkel Dellien, marking his third straight win of the tournament and his sixth straight win of the season. The win put Terry into the final round of the Pre-Qualifying Draw, needing just one more win to advance to the Qualifying Draw.
After a quick turnaround, Terry faced Carson Haskins of Indiana in his final match of the Pre-Qualifying Draw, dropping a hard fought 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4 three-set battle. Terry finished the ITA All-American Championship with a 3-1 record on the weekend, and stands at 6-2 overall this season.
Nico Mostardi will begin his journey at the ITA All-American Championship tomorrow (Monday, October 1), facing Kentucky's Enzo Wallart in the first round of the Qualifying Draw.
From The Sidelines
"This was an awesome battle between two good tennis players today, and it definitely came down to whose body held up the best after two days of a lot of tennis. I thought Matt did a lot of good things during both of his matches today, including having some of the best returns I have seen from him in the second match tonight. We really had to attack the weaknesses of his opponent in his second match, and one or two missed opportunities turned out to be the difference in the match. Overall, Matt put some great tennis on the court today, and it definitely gives Matt some positives moving forward this season." – head coach Brian Etzkin
Rocket Invitational | Toledo, Ohio
The Vikings wrapped up action at the Rocket Invitational Sunday, going 2-0 in singles play on the final day of the tournament.
Benjamin Slade picked up his second singles win of the season, earning a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Duquesne's Dane Bendel. The win marked Slade's 62nd of his career, and moved him into a tie for eighth place on the CSU Singles Wins List.
Cleveland State's other singles win came from Luke Phillips, as he battled for a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 1-0 (9) victory over Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal of Duquesne.
Isaacs/Mascioli (DUQ) def. Malm/Teichmann (CSU), 6-4, 6-1
Corrao/Hanhimaki (DUQ) def. Santilli/Bilinovich (CSU), 6-2, 7-5