The Mount St. Mary’s University Men’s Tennis Team had their first taste of victory on home courts over fall break during the Mount Men’s Tennis Invitational. The Mount welcomed University of Delaware, Hartford Community College, Loyola University Maryland, Coppin State University and Bucknell University for the competition which started Oct. 6.
Day one of the tournament proved victorious for the men as each player won their singles matches to advances to the semifinals in each of their respective flights. On the doubles side of things, first year Jackson Wood and senior Brandon Wortkotter topped Loyola 6-4 to advance to the doubles semifinals in flight A, only to be soon joined by first year Parth Sharma and sophomore Jean Armstrong who earned their spot in the semifinal by defeating a pair from Hartford with a score of 6-1. First year Evan Hine and sophomore Zachary Burau followed the trend of the day and earned their spot in the semifinal of flight B after a 6-4 win over Hartford.
Play resumed on Oct. 7 for the second and final day of the invitational. Junior Sean McNulty took home fourth place in flight E after being edged by two members of the Loyola squad. In flight D, the Mount took home second and third place. Junior Christopher Lindsey took second after topping Hartford 7-6, 6-4, but then falling to another Hartford player in the finals. Hine followed close behind after falling to Hartford (who played Lindsey in the final), but by defeating another Hartford player 6-3, 5-7, 11-9, he earned the third place spot. In flight C, Armstrong placed third after being defeated in a tough match against Delaware, but came back with a win over Hartford 6-4, 5-6, 10-7. In flight B, Sharma also earned a third place spot after being defeated by Loyola in the semifinals, but winning by default in the third place match against teammate Burau.
The highlight of the day came in flight A where both Wood and Wortkotter won their semifinal matches to face each other in the finals. Wood beat Bucknell with a score of 6-4, 6-2 to earn his spot in the finals, while Wortkotter defeated Loyola with a score of 6-4, 6-1. Wortkotter was able to pull out a tough win against Wood with a score of 6-4, 6-4 to win the title.
Doubles play proved to be just as successful for Wood and Wortkotter after claiming the final in doubles flight A by defeating Delaware 7-5 and a duo from Bucknell, 6-3. Armstrong and Sharma placed third in the same flight after being topped by Bucknell, but then defeating Delaware 6-3 in the third place match.
In flight B, Hine and Burau earned a third place spot after being downed by Delaware, but coming back to win against Bucknell with a score of 6-4. In the consolation side of flight B, Lindsey and McNulty recorded seventh place after being defeated by Loyola 6-3, and receiving a default win in their final match.
The team prepares for the ITA Atlantic Regional Tournament where a few players will compete at Liberty University starting on Thursday, October 19. After, to end their fall season, the men will compete in the Navy Invitational from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29.