CHENEY, WASH. – Seattle U men’s tennis traveled to Cheney, Wash., over the weekend to compete in the Eastern Washington University Fall Classic. They faced individuals from Eastern Washington, Montana State, and Montana at the EWU Tennis Courts, acting as the Western Athletic Conference's sole representatives.
In Singles Flight A, junior Trenton Nield had the Redhawks’ best finish, moving on to the quarterfinals before falling to MSU’s Drew Brown 6-3, 6-4. Fourth-seeded sophomore Colton Weeldreyer fell in the round of 16 to Max Korkh of Montana 6-3, 6-0, but won the rest of his matches, defeating Eastern Washington’s Mikayel Khachatryan in the consolation finals 6-2, 6-0. Junior Arshak Ghazaryan, the eight seed, lost in the first round to Mik Balce of Eastern Washington in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-1), while Junior Alex Chan was eliminated by Eastern Washington’s top-seeded Jeremy Field in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Emilio Monroy fared no better, losing 6-0, 7-5 to sixth-seeded Alex Cannellopolous of Montana. Chan ended up facing Monroy in the consolation bracket, defeating him 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 before losing in the semifinals 6-3, 6-1 to teammate and eventual consolation champion Weeldreyer
Two athletes represented the Redhawks in Flight B. Freshman Billy Givens-Jensen lost in the round of 16 to Montana’s sixth-seeded Oisin Shaffrey 6-3, 6-0. Later, he drew a quarterfinals bye in the consolation bracket before falling to Mareus Ceolin of Montana State 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals. Junior Adrian Sanabria played three rounds against the three-seed, Martin Bats of Eastern Washington, before finally succumbing 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles play, Seattle U saw more success, with the tandem of Weeldreyer and Sanabria advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to Montana State’s fourth-seeded team of Drew Brown and Joaquin Espinoza 8-6. Chan and Monroy banded together to join their teammates in the quarterfinals, but they also lost to the third-seeded team, Montana’s Alex Canellopolous and Ed Pudney. The team of Ghazaryan and Nield battled hard, but had similar troubles, falling to Canellopolous and Pudney in the first round. They continued their competitive streak throughout the consolation bracket, ending up in the finals before having to bow out due to injury.
"We will take away what we can from this first weekend of competition," said Assistant Coach Chris Borden. "I anticipate that we will play ourselves into form as we get more training sessions and matches under our belts. There will be a big effort on fitness and consistency moving forward."
Next up, the Redhawks head to Boise, Idaho, from Oct. 5-7 for the Dar Walters Tennis Classic. The event is hosted by Boise State University.