Men’s tennis opens fall season at Purdue Invitational
To kick off its season, the Washington University men’s tennis team hit the road for West Lafayette, Ind. to take part in the Purdue Invitational. Early showers on Friday cleared up over the weekend as the Bears played tough against a bevy of stiff Division I competition.
“[We wanted] to make a statement that we are competitive with all the teams out there,” sophomore Tyler Kratky said.
Doubles teammates Jeremy Bush and Ross Putterman started off doubles strong with advancing past Muadi and Andrews of IPFW 8-2, but fell in the next round to Lippens and Buffington of Louiville 8-4. Kevin Chu and TIm Noack also made their presence felt in the first round, defeating Harris and Hyman of Wright State 8-6 before being beaten by 8-3 the Western Michigan pair, Beckwith and Hamilton.
The duo of John Carswell and Josh Cogan had stood out in doubles, winning 8-6 against Woods and Weedon of Butler in the first round. Carswell and Cogan rode the momentum into the second round beating Cahn and Shideler of Western Michigan, 8-6, before falling in a hard fought match to Singnil and Wong of Toledo, 8-4.
“Everything just came together,” Cogan said. “I’ve been playing well in practice, and I just played within myself.”
The other bright spot of the weekend was freshman, John Carswell. Impressed with Carswell’s composure and consistency, his doubles partner, Josh Cogan said, “he played very well, and it just looked like he had done it before.”
John Carswell, continued his excellent debut in singles, fighting back to take the victory after dropping the first set against Amaury Derognat of Louisville, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, in the first round. Carswell kept it going in the second round, defeating Sten Leusink of Depaul, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), but ultimately couldn’t get past Mateus SIlva of Purdue in the third round (6-1, 6-1). Nevertheless, it was a strong weekend for the freshman, and bodes well for the future of the team.
Kevin Chu and Max Franklin also made dents in the first round, defeating Ricky Medinilla of Purdue (2-6, 6-4, 6-4) and Brian Hickey of Valparaiso (6-3, 7-5) respectively, before both falling in the second round.
In the consolation brackets, Tyler Kratky, defeated Butler’s Tommy Marx 2-6, 6-2, (10-7), and then Joey White of Iowa, 1-6, 6-1 (10-5), both times rebounding after dropping the first set. Sophomore, Josh Cogan defeated both Bradley’s Justin Abrams and Wright State’s Dan Hyman in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-4, respectively.
“I really focused on playing my game and on what I can control,” Kratky said. “I didn’t change my game based on what my opponents did.”