CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A pair of NESCAC singles players and two NESCAC doubles teams have advanced to the quarterfinals following the first day of the Division III Men's Tennis Individual Championships.
Top-seeded Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury defeated Jake Yasgoor of Pomona-Pitzer in his opening match 6-2, 7-5. The sophomore then posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over Courtney Murphy of Wilkes to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round. Cuba will face Erik Kerrigan of the University of Chicago. Kerrigan defeated Colby senior Vlad Murad in the opening round, 7-6, 6-3.
Bowdoin sophomore Grant Urken won his first round match over Washington & Lee's Jordan Krasner, 7-6, 6-1. He added a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Chase Lipscomb of Redlands in the second round to move on to the quarterfinals where he will meet Brandon Metzler of Kalamazoo.
Juniors Luke Tercek of Bowdoin and Steven Chen of Wesleyan were the other NESCAC players to advance out of the first round. Tercek earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Aman Manji of Emory, but fell to Daniel Morovince (1-6, 6-7) in the second round. Chen defeated Justin Ancona of Wheaton (Ill.), 7-5, 6-3, but dropped his second round match to Jeremy Dubin of Johns Hopkins (4-6, 3-6).
Rounding out the NESCAC competitors in the singles competition were juniors Ben Rosen of Bates and William de Quant of Middlebury. Rosen pushed Nikolai Parodi of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to three sets, but eventually fell, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6. Nicholas Chua of Chicago defeated de Quant, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
In the doubles tournament, two of the three teams selected advanced to the quarterfinals. The Williams duo of junior Brian Gordecki and rookie Alex Taylor earned a 7-6, 6-4 win over Joseph Cartledge and Jeremy Dubin of Johns Hopkins. The Ephs will face Justin Ancona and Matt Steiner of Wheaton (Ill.) on Friday.
Cuba and de Quant of Middlebury dropped the first set against Jason Haugen and Konrad Kozlowski of Washington U (3-6) but came back to win, 6-2, 6-3, to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
The Amherst team of sophomore Zach Bessette and first-year Jayson Fung suffered a three-set loss to Wilson Lambeth and Matt Tyler of Trinity (Texas), 6-1, 4-6, 4-6.