Coming back from fall break, members of the Mount St. Mary’s University Tennis team were able to compete in the ITA Atlantic Regional Tournament at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. and Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va.
Sophomore Jean Armstrong and first year Parth Sharma competed in the men’s tournament’s first day of play in qualifying rounds for singles. Armstrong was blanked by a player from Duquesne University in the first round of qualifiers, while Sharma was able to defeat James Madison University 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round before ultimately falling to a player from the University of Virginia in three sets.
Day two brought the main draw of the tournament, where Armstrong and Sharma played doubles alongside teammates senior, Brandon Wortkotter and first year Jackson Wood. Armstrong and Sharma fell in the round of 64 to La Salle University with a score of 6-4. Wortkotter and Wood also fell in the round of 64 to a team from Virginia with a tight score of 8-6. Wortkotter and Wood also played in the main draw round of singles. Wortkotter was topped in a tight two-sets against a player from Penn State with a score of 6-3, 7-6 (1). Wood fell in three sets against a player from Temple University, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3).
On day four the men were able to play in consolation brackets. Wortkotter topped St. Joseph’s University in three sets with a score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Wood fell in his consolation round to Temple with a score of 6-2, 6-2. Armstrong was topped 6-1, 6-2 in a qualifying consolation match against Morgan State University before falling once more to Duquesne in an extra match. Sharma was also able to play in an extra match that day, but was narrowly edged out by Hampton University 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.
The men’s team looks forward to their preparation for the spring season. They will play their first match in January 2018 against George Mason University.
The women also competed in the ITA Atlantic Regional Tournament. Representing the Mount team for the weekend was sophomore Alexa Quintanilla, who would play singles and doubles for the tournament, and first year Megan Gamble, who would compete in doubles alongside Quintanilla.
On day one of the tournament, the duo came up short in a tough match against Navy, being topped 8-1.
Day two of the tournament marked the start of singles play for 38th seed Quintanilla. Quintanilla defeated Georgetown with a tight score of 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) to advance to the round of 32 which would be played the next day.
On day 3, Quintanilla was edged 6-2, 6-3 by a player from William and Mary, who would later advance to the quarterfinals.
Gamble was able to squeeze in an “extra match” of friendly singles play out of the bracket against Virginia Tech, who she topped 6-4, 6-3.