Red Devils, Centennial Turn in Strong Performances at ITA Regionals
(Fredericksburg, Va) – The Dickinson men's tennis team and the Centennial Conference had a strong showing at the ITA Southeast Regional Tennis Championships last weekend.
Senior Ari Blask (Chevy Chase, Md./Charles E. Smith) advanced to the final of the B5 Singles flight before dropping a three-set match to F&M's Hamza Pataudi. He posted three wins to make it into the final, winning his first two matches, 8-1 and 8-2. He claimed a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Hamden-Sydney's David Dodson in the semifinals.
Blask teamed with sophomore Jon Brittin (McLean, Va./Landon) in the B2 Doubles flight, advancing to the semifinals. They posted an 8-6 win against Lycoming and survived a 9-8 (1) match with Christopher Newport. F&M's Geoffrey Brennan and Samuel Stone earned a spot in the final with an 8-6 decision.
Brittin suffered a first-round setback in the B5 Singles flight, but rebounded with a pair of wins in the back draw, defeating Hamden-Sydney's Walt Mountcastle (6-2, 6-3) and John Feighner of St. Mary's College (6-3, 6-4).
First-year Joey Frank (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Boca Raton) captured a first-round victory in the Championship Singles Draw, advancing with a 7-5, 6-4 decision over Virginia Wesleyan's Drew Tomajcyk. He rallied in the second set, but suffered a second round defeat to Johns Hopkins' Sam Weissler (6-0, 7-5).
Frank joined senior Will Golinkin (Houston, Texas/Kincaid) for the Championships Doubles Draw. They fell to host Mary Washington's Tyler Carey and Kaleb Nguyen in a tight match, 8-6. Golinkin faced a tough draw in the Championship singles flight, falling to Luis Acaba 6-4, 6-1 and John Kirby (W&L), 9-8.
The Centennial Conference had three players in the semifinals of the Championship singles draw and claimed singles titles in 5-of-6 additional flights. The conference also captured the Championship flight, and B1 and B2 in doubles.