(AGENPARL) – WEST POINT (GEORGIA) dom 20 settembre 2020
Men’s Tennis | Sat, Sep. 19, 2020 at 9:55 PM
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (Sept. 19, 2020) –The Point University men’s tennis team opened the 2020 fall season this weekend at the ITA NAIA Regional Championships at Georgia Gwinnett College.
The Skyhawks competed alongside host Georgia Gwinnett College, Freed-Hardeman University, Middle Georgia State University, Brewton-Parker College, Montreat College, Reinhardt University, SCAD Atlanta, and Tennessee Wesleyan University in this year’s South Region. Before the spring season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skyhawks were nationally ranked at No. 8, according to the last NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Poll, which was released in March. Other teams competing in the South Region that were also nationally ranked before the cancelation of the spring season were Georgia Gwinnett (No. 1), Reinhardt University (No. 5), Middle Georgia State University (No. 6), and Tennessee Wesleyan (No. 9).
In doubles, Luna and freshman Erik Cruz Manuel advanced to the quarterfinals with an 8-6 victory over Reinhardt’s duo of Sued/Squarcia. Luna and Manuel fell to No. 1 seed Bonacia/Caratini of Georgia Gwinnett 8-0 in the quarterfinals. The duo of Bonacia and Caratini were nationally ranked at No. 2 before the cancelation of the spring season.
Head Coach Chad Simpson was glad to have his team back in competition. “I’m thankful to compete at an elite event and to play such tough competition,” Simpson said. “Very solid composure by Trey, Gavin, and Guido in the first round. All in all, this was a great event to compete at for the first time since March.”
The Skyhawks will return to Georgia Gwinnett College for the Grizzly Invite held Friday – Sunday, Oct. 9-11. For all of the Skyhawks’ draws at the 2020 ITA South Regional, see below.
2020 ITA NAIA South Regional Men’s Single Draw
Round of 32
Kendler (Tennessee Wesleyan) def. Sheldon (Point) 6-3, 6-3
Del Canto (Tennessee Wesleyan) def. Cruz (Point) 6-1, 6-1
Valinotti (GGC) def. Walker (Point) 6-0, 6-0
Maust (Point) def. Picasso (Tennessee Wesleyan) by forfeit
Thomas (Point) def. Gallegos (Tennessee Wesleyan) 6-3, 1-6, 10-3
Belloni (Reinhardt) def. Fuller (Point) 6-1, 6-0
Luna (Point) def. Dedic (Tennessee Wesleyan) 6-4, 5-7, 10-8
Round of 16
Bonacia (GGC) def. Maust (Point) 6-4, 6-2
Fernandez (Tennessee Wesleyan) def. Thomas (Point) 6-2, 6-2
Ortiz (Tennessee Wesleyan) def. Luna (Point) 6-1, 6-2
2020 ITA NAIA South Regional Men’s Doubles
Round of 16
Luna/Cruz (Point) def. Sued/Squarcia (Reinhardt) 8-6
Ortiz/Lee (Tennessee Wesleyan) def. Sheldon/Walker (Point) 8-2
Mendoza/Vasheshnikov (Reinhardt) def. Maust/Thomas (Point) 8-2
Fernandez/Gallegos (Tennessee Wesleyan) def. Fuller/Millwood (Point) 8-4
(1) Bonacia/Caratini (GGC) def. Luna/Cruz 8-0