Men's Tennis Keeps Sailing Through Fall Season



Campbell juniors Fernando Guillen and James Jones were unbeaten in singles play over the weekend in the Big Teal vs. Big Orange event hosted by Coastal Carolina.

Guillen did not lose a set in two singles matches against Coastal Carolina players.  The junior from San Louis, Potosi, Mexico defeated Garik Yedigarian 7-5, 6-3 in Round 1, then dispatched Yusuke Kusuda 6-2, 6-2 in Round 2.

The 2011 Atlantic Sun freshman of the year and 2012 Big South #2 singles regular season champion, Guillen also paired with seniro David Clavera to go 2-0 in doubles competition.

Clavera and Guillen down Matias Di Pasquale and Yedigarian 7-5 in round one, then dropped Ted Nilsson and Kusuda 6-1 in the second round.

A junior from Basel, Switzerland, Jones split sets with Hunter Whalen 2-6, 6-1 in the opening round before winning a super tie-breaker 10-6.  Jones then straight-setted Mo Hookaylo 6-4, 6-3 in the second round.

Overall, Campbell won 10 of the 15 singles matches contested between the Big South Conference rivals.   The Camels also claimed five of the seven doubles events.

Campbell continues its schedule Sept. 21-23 at the Elon Fall Invitational.


Sophomore Brendan Dempsey won twice individually in Flight 6, and picked up a doubles win on day one to lead Gardner-Webb's men's tennis team Friday-Sunday at the 49er Invitational in the Runnin' Bulldogs first competition of Fall 2012.

Dempsey swept Winthrop's Chase Altieri on Friday, winning 6-0, 6-0 to take an opening day win in Flight 6.  On Saturday, Dempsey knocked off College of Charleston's Alon Faiman 6-4, 6-3 to earn his second straight set win of the weekend.

The sophomore swinger also teamed up with fellow sophomore Joao Poli to defeat the Winthrop tandem of Hirokawa/Altieri, winning by an 8-1 margin in Flight 3 doubles.

Sophomore Stephen Martin and freshman Johnathan Walker combined to record a Flight 4 doubles win over Linares/O'Brien 8-2.  Each player picked up a singles win on day one as well, with Martin battling back to defeat Charlotte's Kwasniewicz 1-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1) and Walker knocking off Winthrop's O'Brien 6-0, 6-1.

Senior Adam Knutsson-Sundblad teamed up with freshman Nkita Zverkov for an opening day doubles win in Flight 2 over Chen/Patrick of Winthrop 8-2. The pair earned the Flight 2 win after day three was rained out.

Senior Matthew Parker won on Friday too, outlasting Winthrop's Chen 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the three set win.

Due to inclement weather, Gardner-Webb did not complete any of its scheduled matches on Sunday.

GWU men's tennis returns to action Friday, Sep. 21 - Saturday, Sep. 22 to host the GWU Fall Classic in its second competition of the Fall season in 2012.

Winthrop's men's tennis team claimed two singles flight championships and one doubles title as they competed this past weekend at the 49er Invitational.

Sophomore Peter Nagovnak , a transfer from the University of Tennessee, won the Flight 2 Singles championship by knocking off Charlotte's Kamil Khalil (7-6 (6), 6-1).  Sophomore Dylan Comerford won the Flight 3 title with a win over College of Charleston's Crescente Lesser (6-4, 7-5).

Comerford and Nagovnak also teamed up to captured the Flight 1 Doubles title by defeating Jack Williams and Forrest Edwards (8-5).


Longwood University opened its 2012-13 men's tennis campaign with competition at the UMW Kickoff Classic hosted by the University of Mary Washington on September 15-16 in Fredericksburg.  The Lancers were led by senior Giorgi Khmiadashvili along with sophomores Daniel Elston, Harry Kelleher and Steed Johnson with respective 3-0 records in singles while winning their respective flights.  Johnson and freshman James Fudge (3-0) teamed to win their doubles flight too.  Longwood will compete again this weekend, Sept. 21-23, at the Elon Fall Invitational hosted by Southern Conference member Elon University in North Carolina.

Khmiadashvili won matches over Jordan Dyke of George Mason University (6-3, 6-3) and Jimmy Davis of GMU (6-4, 6-2) before winning the Flight A final against Robert Kjellberg of North Carolina Wesleyan (7-5, 0-6, 6-4).  Elston won matches over Tanner Baine of GMU (7-6 [0], 6-4) and Taylor Shamshiri of Washington & Lee (6-2, 6-0) before winning the Flight B final against Tyler Carey of UMW (6-4, 6-4).  Kelleher won matches over Kaleb Nguyen of UMW (6-1, 6-2) and Clayton Sonn of NCW (6-1, 6-1) before winning the Flight D final against Scott Keaton of GMU (6-4, 6-2).  Johnson won matches over Panayot Kusidi of NCW (6-0, 6-3) and Brian Krouskos of W&L (6-2, 6-3) before winning the Flight E final against Aaron Capitel of GMU (6-3, 6-2).  Johnson and Fudge won their doubles matches over W&L (8-3) and UMW (9-7) before winning the Flight C final against W&L (8-6).

Junior Edward Becker (2-1) was the Flight C runner-up, falling to David Lunding-Johansson of UMW (3-6, 4-6) before gaining wins past Mike Goldstein of W&L (6-4, 6-2) and Mike Konnov of NCW (7-6 [0], 3-0 default).  Fudge (2-1) was the Flight F runner-up, defeating Sean Gould of UMW (6-2, 6-2), falling to Patrick Mulquin of GMU (2-6, 6-2, 4-6) and defeating Ryan Byrd of UMW (6-4, 6-0).  Freshman Bharani Sankar (1-2) finished third in Flight F, falling to Mulquin of GMU (6-7 [6], 4-6) and Conor Moran of GMU (4-6, 2-6) before defeating Gould of UMW (6-2, 1-6, 6-4).

Khmiadashvili and Elston (2-1) were runners-up in Flight A doubles with a win against GMU (8-4), after winning their first round match against NCW (8-6) before falling in their semifinal to another pair from GMU (2-8).  Becker and Kelleher (2-1) were runners-up in Flight B doubles with a win against GMU (8-4), after winning their first round match against NCW (8-4) before falling in their semifinal to another pair from GMU (4-8).