Day One of ITA Southeast Regionals
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s tennis team opened qualifying singles play on Thursday at the 2016 ITA Southeast Regional Championships Presented by Oracle held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Junior Niclas Genovese opened the afternoon with a straight-set victory over George Nickerson of Florida Atlantic, 6-3, 6-3. The native of Switzerland later advanced to the Round of 16, following a three-set victory over Stetson’s Angus Bradshaw. After falling in the first set 2-6, Genovese fought back to win the final two sets, 7-5, 7-6. Genovese will face Georgia Southern’s Eddie Landin, Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Sophomore Dane Dunlap also competed in the opening two rounds, taking down North Florida’s Dominic Lea, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round. In the Round of 32, Dunlap took down Florida Atlantic’s Arthur Stefani, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. He will face Florida’s Joshua Wardell in the Round of 16 Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Also in the Round of 64, junior Kevin Bondar opened with a victory over Kansas States’ Jake Bouchillon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. In the Round of 32 Bondar fell to fourth-seed Elijah Melendez of Georgia Tech, 6-3, 6-3.
Jesse Flores and Nile Clark each were dealt a bye in the first round, but fell in their Round of 32 matches. Clark fell to first-seed Cole Fiegel of Georgia Tech, 6-0, 6-3. Meanwhile, Flores fell to North Florida’s Sahil Deshmukh, 6-3, 6-3.
Friday morning, the qualifying singles matches will conclude, leading into main draw singles and doubles play.
Two Hurricanes have been seeded in the main draw event, as No. 31 Piotr Lomacki is the No. 3 overall seed while No. 58 Christian Langmo is the No. 4 overall seed. Both Lomacki and Langmo will await the results of the qualifiers to determine their matchups at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Round of 64.
Senior Max Andrews will open up his weekend facing South Florida’s Peter Beltran Friday at 10 a.m.
A pair of hurricanes have been seeded in the doubles draw, as Lomacki and Andrews are the No. 3 overall seed. The duo will await the results of Koeke/Hussey of Georgia State and Shkrob/Ball of Stetson.
In the opening round, Flores and Clark will matchup against Florida A&M’s Okungbowa and Skoromnny, Langmo and Dunlap will face Georgia Tech’s Fiegel and Gresk and Genovese and Bondar will face Georgia State’s Acuna and Andrukhou, at 3 p.m.
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