SEATTLE – Although they didn’t have to travel very far, Seattle U men’s tennis struggled at the five-day Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northwest Regional Championships, which was hosted from Oct. 11-15 at the University of Washington and at the Seattle Tennis Center. Only one singles athlete on the Redhawks, sophomore Colton Weeldreyer, was able to make it past the round of 128; no Seattle U teams reached the second round in the doubles bracket. The competition, admittedly, was fierce - the Redhawks entered a field comprised of athletes from California, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Pepperdine, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, St. Mary’s, Stanford, UC Davis and Washington. In the end, Oregon was triumphant in both the singles and doubles tournaments, with Emmanuel Coste and the team of Joshua Charlton and Thomas Laurent earning spots in the ITA National Championship tournament.
Weeldreyer’s victory in the singles bracket came against California’s Mert Zincirli, 6-2, 6-1. He ended up falling in the round of 64 to Piers Foley of Washington, 6-0, 1-6, 6-2. Junior Trenton Nield took Portland State’s Otto Holtari to three sets, but finally lost 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(5). Fellow junior Arshak Ghazaryan fought hard against Phuc Nuynh of San Francisco, but fell 6-3, 6-4; his classmates Adrian Sanabria and Alex Chan lost to Washington’s Ewen Lumsden (6-3, 6-1) and Stanford’s Jack Barber (6-2, 6-1), respectively. Freshman Billy Givens-Jensen tried to make a comeback in his second set, but eventually fell to Ethan Young-Smith of Oregon, 6-1, 6-4.
In singles consolation matches, the Redhawks fared a bit better. Ghazaryan defeated his first opponent, Santa Clara’s Kamran Kahn, 6-2, 6-4, but lost in the next match to Jonathan Lieu of Pacific, 6-4, 6-2. Sanabria lost to Portland State’s Majeed Bukhari, 6-3, 5-7, 15-13 in a ferocious matchup, and took that energy into his match the next day with Eastern Washington’s Garner Sears, defeating him 6-0, 6-2. Nield fell to Portland State’s Sam Roberts, 6-3, 6-1, but teammate Givens-Jensen brought a victory over Washington’s Thomas Yates, 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.
Conversely, Seattle U was unable to make anything happen in doubles play. The duo of Chan and Nield lost to Fresno State’s Angus Bradshaw and Catagay Soke, 8-1, while Sanabria and Givens-Jensen fell to California’s Paul Barretto and Can Kaya, 8-5. The talented tandem of Ghazaryan and Weeldreyer met their match in Johannes Gjerdaker and Donald Hall of Sacramento State, also losing 8-5.
This was the Redhawks’ last tournament of the fall season. They will take advantage of the long break from competition to focus on their upcoming match against Portland State in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 19.