GWU, Liberty, Longwood & Asheville Men's Tennis Perform Well



Senior Adam Knutsson-Sundblad took the win in Flight 1 singles, freshman Nikita Zverkov won at No. 7, and the Runnin' Bulldogs scored wins at No.'s 2 and 3 doubles as GWU impressed at the Wofford Fall College Invitational.

The performance marks the second consecutive fall tournament in the 2012 season in which Gardner-Webb has recorded four flight wins.

Knutsson-Sundblad won his flight for the second straight tournament, dating back to his win at the GWU Fall Classic in September.  The senior from Gothenburg, Sweden knocked off Appalachian State's Seb King 6-4, 6-1 and Wofford's Drew Superstein 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to take the flight win and continue his stellar Fall season.

Zverkov (Moscow, Russia) won twice to record the first flight win of his college career.  The freshman won 6-2, 6-1 over Will Goldberg of UNC Asheville and 6-0, 6-2 versus Joey Francis of Wofford to cruise to the win at No. 7 singles.

GWU also picked up two doubles wins on the weekend, the first coming when Knutsson-Sundblad and Zverkov teamed up for the victory in Flight 2.  The pair went 3-0, scoring wins over Asheville's Schubel/Connalty (8-4), Wofford's Heffron/Duncan (8-4), and Appalachian State's Greeve/McKinnon (9-7).

Gardner-Webb's No. 3 doubles tandem of sophomore Joao Poli and freshman Jonathan Walker.  The pair twice scored wins over Appalachian State's Sansung/Lake 8-4 to seal the flight win.

The No. 1 doubles tandem of Ernest Alberch and Matthew Parker picked up a win over the Asheville No. 1 pair, Waissen/Langeard, 9-7.

Poli picked up two individual wins at the Saturday-Sunday Invitational, outlasting Asheville's Alex Crocker 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 as well McKinnon of Appalachian State (6-2, 6-4).

Alberch won twice at No. 4, defeating John Schubel (Asheville) 6-3, 6-2 and Graham Duncan (Wofford) 6-1, 6-2 in a solid showing in Flight 4 singles.

Sophomore Brendan Dempsey battled back to knock off eventual flight champion Walker Heffron (Wofford) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and defeated Asheville's Ryan Matthews 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.

Parker also won twice in his singles outing, triumphing in matches versus Pete Conalty (6-4, 6-1) of Asheville and Sansing of Appalachian State (7-5, 6-3) to add to an impressive weekend on the courts for Gardner-Webb men's tennis.

Gardner-Webb men's tennis wraps up its Fall 2012 season at the Winthrop Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C..  The three-day tournament takes place Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4.

The UNC Asheville men's tennis team enjoyed some success this weekend when the Bulldogs competed in the Wofford College Fall Invitational at the Reeves Tennis Center.  The weekend was highlighted by senior Matt Waissen winning a flight.

The tournament involved teams from Appalachian State, Wofford and UNC Asheville.  In singles action, competitors were broken up into flights one through seven based on their ranking.  On the doubles side, pairs where split into three groups also based on rankings.

Waissen went 3-0 on the weekend and claimed the flight two title.  He knocked off two players from Appalachian State and one from Wofford.  He did not lose a set in his three victories.

Adrien Langeard went 2-0 in flight one.  Daniel Kripak, John Schubel and Brett Landau all went 1-1 in their singles matches during the weekend.

In doubles action, Waissen and Langeard teamed up to split two matches.

UNC Asheville finishes up its fall season at the Winthrop Invitational the weekend of Nov. 2-4.


Egon Samaai and Jorge Azuero each recorded a trio of wins this past weekend to pace the Liberty Flames men's tennis team at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational.

Liberty was one of 14 teams represented at the tournament.  The field of competitors included players from ACC schools Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina.

The Flames finished the invitational with 18 total wins, including 12 singles wins and six doubles victories.

In singles play, Samaai, competing in the B Singles Bracket, dropped his first round match against Sam Williams of UNC Wilmington, 6-3, 7-6 (5).  The freshman rebounded with a victory over Davidson's Chris Mark in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.  Samaii then defeated Dzmitry Zyhmantovich of Norfolk State 6-3, 6-3.  In the consolation bracket final, Furman's Joel Cook took the first set, but Samaii came back and won the last two sets to claim the win, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Sergio Mourelo captured an opening round victory in the D1 Singles Bracket over Bharani Sankar of Longwood, 6-3, 7-6 (1).  In the quarterfinals, Mourelo downed Elon's Dan Sablik, 6-1, 6-3.  Richmond's Aaron Wicker ended Mourelo's run in the semifinals, downing the Liberty freshman, 6-3, 6-0.

Azuero opened play in the D2 Singles Bracket with a win over Steed Johnson of Longwood, 7-5, 6-1.  Next up, Azuero went up against Matt Kealy of UNC Wilmington and came away with a three-set victory, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2.  In the semifinals, Azuero fell to Richmond's Dylan Trent, 6-0, 7-6 (3).  In the third-place match, Azuero responded with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Cameron Smith of UNCG.

Shea Thomas, Dillon Segur and Guillem Secanell also posted singles wins over the weekend for the Flames.

Thomas and Samaai picked up where they left off at last weekend's UVa Fall Classic and won their opening round match in the B Doubles Bracket against Tim Schweig and Can Cetinel of Old Dominion, 9-7.  The duo captured a doubles championship in the Black Bracket in Charlottesville last weekend.  Thomas and Samaii then lost to Michael Reilley and Kaue Peirera of UNC Wilmington, 8-2.  The Liberty tandem claimed victories in their next two matches, including an 8-5 win over Jon Ho and Anthony Delcore of Wake Forest to claim fifth place.

Also in doubles play, Azuero and Siim Tuus collected two wins and Segur and Secanell tallied a win for Liberty.

Liberty wraps up its fall schedule this weekend at the ITA Atlantic Regional in Charlottesville, Va., beginning on Thursday.

The Longwood University men's tennis team competed at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational hosted by Wake Forest University of the Atlantic Coast Conference on October 12-14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The Lancers were led by sophomores Harry Kelleher (2-2) and Steed Johnson (2-2) in singles competition, while Johnson and freshman teammate James Fudge went 1-2 in doubles play.  Longwood will return to action on October 18-22 at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Kelleher defeated Will Albright of UNC Greensboro (6-4, 6-2) in his C singles opening round match before losing his quarterfinal match to Michael Reilly of UNC Wilmington (6-4, 6-2).  He then fell to Taylor Meyer of the University of North Carolina (6-3, 6-1), but beat Connor Evins of Davidson College (6-3, 3-6, 6-4) in three sets to take seventh in his flight.  Johnson dropped his D2 singles first round match to Jorge Azuero of Liberty University (7-5, 6-1), as well as his consolation quarterfinal match against Chris Geaslen of Elon University (7-6, 1-6, 6-2), before earning back-to-back wins against Jimmy Roueche of UNCG (6-4, 6-4) and Longwood teammate Fudge (6-0, 6-1) to earn 13th place.

Sophomore Dan Elston fell to Matt Browne of Furman University (6-3, 7-6(4)) in the first round of C singles action, before losing to Zach Hublits of UNCW (6-2, 6-4) in his consolation quarterfinal, beating Igor Braga of Norfolk State University (6-3, 6-4) in the place for 13th first round and losing to Danny Mack of UNCG (6-3, 7-6 (4)) in the 13th-place final.  Senior Giorgi Khmiadashvili ost to Dave Thompson of North Carolina State University (6-5, retired) in the opening round of A singles competition before withdrawing from the tournament due to an injury.

In D1 singles, freshman Bharani Sankar went 1-3, while junior Edward Becker went 0-3. Sankar lost to Sergio Mourelo of Liberty (6-3, 7-6) in the first round and defeated Kent Austin of NSU (6-0, 6-1) in the consolation quarterfinal, before falling to Alex Howard of Davidson (6-0, 6-0) and Guillem Secanel of Liberty (6-1, 6-4).  Becker dropped decisions against Darragh Glavin of Old Dominion University (6-3, 2-6, 6-3), Secanel (6-3, 6-3) and Ismael Sanches of Elon (7-6, 6-3).  In D2 singles action, Fudge finished with a 1-3 record, with his win coming in his place for 13th first round match against Josiah Boda of Liberty (6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8))

Johnson and Fudge (1-2) had a C doubles loss to Davidson (8-4) and a consolation quarterfinal loss to ETSU (8-6) before defeating Liberty (8-3) to finish 13th.  Also in C doubles, Elston and Sankar (0-3) lost to NSU (9-7) in the first round, before falling to Richmond (8-5) in the consolation semifinal and ETSU (9-7) in the 11th-place match.  In A doubles action, Kelleher and Becker (0-4) dropped an opening round decision to Wake Forest (8-4), a consolation quarterfinal decision to NSU (9-7), a 13th-place first round decision to UNCG (8-4) and a final round decision to Davidson (8-5).