The Seattle University men's tennis team concluded the fall season by challenging some of the area's top players at the PNW Intercollegiate Tournament this past weekend, hosted by the University of Washington at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
In the Purple singles main draw, Mark Shkretbtan (Redmond, Wash.) defeated Vetu Mam of Portland State in the first round in straight sets (6-1, 6-0). After losing in the main draw, David Kovas (South Bend, Ind.) earned a hard-fought victory over Kevin Eischen of Gonzaga in the quarterfinals of the consolation draw, with the first two sets going to tiebreakers and the super-tiebreaker taking 18 points (6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 10-8).
In his first collegiate tennis matches, freshman Matt Overland (Renton, Wash.) won twice in the Gold singles main draw, defeating Jake Davis of Gonzaga (6-2, 6-3) and Duncan MacDonald-Korth of Oregon (6-4, 2-6, 7-5) to advance to the quarterfinals. Andrew Anderson (Tacoma, Wash.) earned a first-round victory over James Russell of Eastern Washington, coming back from losing the first set to win the next two sets and the match (4-6, 6-2, 6-2).
Jason Bediones (Kent, Wash.) made a run in the consolation draw, defeating Nick Wales of Portland (6-2, 7-6 (4)) and Matt Erickson of Portland State (6-4, 7-5) to reach the finals before dropping a three-set contest to Russell (6-4, 5-7, 10-7).
The Seattle University men's tennis team opens the spring season at the University of Oregon Saturday, Jan. 15, before hosting Gonzaga Sunday, Jan. 16, at a site to be determined.