Red Devils, Centennial Turn in Strong Performances at ITA Regionals

Red Devils, Centennial Turn in Strong Performances at ITA Regionals
Ari Blask advanced to the final of the B4 Singles flight at the ITA Southeast Regionals this weekend
Photo by James Rasp



(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.