SUNDAY 10/6 RECAP
By TTU Sports Information
TULSA, Okla. – Due to inclement weather, including multiple rainstorms in the Tulsa, Okla. area, the consolation bracket of the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships was cancelled Sunday. Tennessee Tech men's tennis junior Riku Kubota and sophomore Elias Grubert were both slated to compete Sunday in the consolation bracket.
The cancellation puts an end to the tournament for the Golden Eagles, who saw four members of the squad compete on Saturday, with sophomores Carlos Vicente and Rafael Tosetto each picking up a victory before falling in the second round of action.
Next on the docket for Tech is the Louisville Invitational, scheduled to run Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13.
SATURDAY 10/5 RECAP
By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
TULSA, Okla. – The Tennessee Tech tennis team gathered a pair of victories at opening day of the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships Saturday. Four Golden Eagles competed at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus and Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park in Tulsa, Okla.
Sophomore Carlos Vicente was the first in the purple and gold to claim a win at the event, dismissing Abilene Christian's Savan Chhabra in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Late in the day, he battled with Jochen Bertsch of Oklahoma, eventually falling to the Sooner in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.
Fellow second-year Golden Eagle Rafael Tosetto collected the other victory for his team on the day, snagging an opening-round success over his opponent from Omaha, Davis Lawley. Tosetto won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to move on to the second round. Squaring off with Memphis' David Stevenson, the sophomore dropped a pair of heartbreakers, 7-6 (4) and 7-6 (2).
Junior Riku Kubota fought tooth-and-nail in his opening round match-up against Liberty's Chase Burton, but would ultimately fall in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. He is slated for a Sunday tilt against Ladd Harrison from North Carolina, meeting the Tar Heel in the consolation bracket.
Elias Grubert rounded out the competitors from Tech on the day, facing off against Chase Colton from Wisconsin. The Badger defeated Grubert 6-3, 7-5, sending the Golden Eagle to the consolation bracket for a Sunday match. The youngster will take on Sebastian Rios of Ole Miss.
Photo by Tony Marable