GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Campbellsville University tennis competed in the ITA Regionals this past weekend and both men's and women's teams had individual players and doubles teams place in the top 8 of the 64-player tournament for each gender.
The tournament began on Thursday at 8 a.m. on the campuses of Georgetown College and Scott County High School.
On Thursday, both men's and women's teams played in the round of 64 and round of 32 in singles and doubles, respectively. The round of 16 and quarterfinals picked up early on Friday morning and the semifinals and finals of the tournament were moved inside due to weather on Saturday.
Sebastian Marot won 6-1, 6-1 (1st round)… won 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (2nd round)… Lost 3-6, 3-6 (Round of 16)
(9) Alejandro Soriano won 6-0, 6-0 (1st Round)… won 6-1, 6-2 (2nd round)… won 7-5, 6-4 (Quarterfinals)… Lost 5-7, 0-6 (Semifinals)
Pontus Blom won 6-1, 6-2 (1st round)… Won 7-5, 6-0 (2nd round)… Lost 1-6, 2-6 (Quarterfinals)
Ben Ward won 6-1, 6-2 (1st round)… Lost 4-6, 0-6 (2nd round)
Austin Spalding lost 4-6, 1-6 moving him to consolation bracket… Ended in semifinal round before rain cancelled the remaining consolation matches.
Parker Jones lost 3-6, 3-6 moving him to consolation bracket… Ended in semifinal round before rain cancelled the remaining consolation matches.
"Our guys did a great job this weekend," said coach Kyle Caven. "Alejandro had a breakout tournament and would have had a chance in the quarterfinals if he would not have cramped up. Potus had a great win over Pikeville's No. 1 and seventh seed in the tournament. That is a great confidence booster for him."
(5) Megan Charity bye (1st round)… Won 6-2, 6-2 (2nd round)… Lost 3-6, 2-6 (Round of 16)
Haley Dallas won 6-1, 6-3 (1st round)… 6-0, 6-4 (2nd round)…Lost 0-6, 0-6 (Round of 16)
Jenna Sallee lost 3-6, 1-6 (1st round) moving her to consolation bracket… won 8-6 (Round of 16)… Won 6-2 on injury by opponent (Quarterfinals)… Consolation bracket was cancelled due to weather.
Kelsie Peckham lost 0-6, 0-6 (1st round) moving her to consolation bracket… won 8-3 (round of 16)… Won 8-2 (quarterfinals)… Consolation was cancelled due to weather.
"All the girls had a great tournament," said Caven. "Megan and Haley made it to the third round and played good tennis. Kelsie and Jenna came back and played very well throughout the consolation draw. It was an overall good weekend for them."
Men's Doubles Bracket
(5) Blom and Soriano received bye (1st round)… Won 8-2 (Round of 16)… Lost 4-8 (Quarterfinals)
Marot and Baulch won 9-8 (1st round)… Lost 4-8 (round of 16)
Jones and Spalding lost 5-8 (1st round)
Women's Doubles Bracket
(3) Charity and Dallas received bye (1st round)… Won 8-2 (Round of 16)… Won 8-5 (Quarterfinals)… Lost 4-8 (Semifinals)
Sallee and Peckham lost 7-9 (1st round)
"Megan and Haley made a good run through the doubles matches," said Caven. "We are in a tough region and it is a great accomplishment to finish the way they did."
Overall both the men's and women's teams excelled throughout the tournament. With this being the first time both teams have played this year, and playing 35-plus total matches in three days, it will take a toll on the body.
"We had an excellent weekend overall," said Caven. "We excelled in our mental fortitude overcoming a ton of matches in three days. We are starting to make a name for ourself."
On the men's team, the top three (Soriano, Pontus, and Marot) are back from last season and Caven is looking for them to provide leadership for the younger players.
On the women's team, all the returners are back and in the spring, Gleidys Salazar will return to the court. She will provide some depth and leadership as well.
"We have a lot of areas to improve on for both teams," said Caven. "But we started out strong and will continue to get better each and every day. I am excited to see how things unfold throughout the rest of the fall and spring."
Both teams will compete in the Campus Showdown at Kelly Hall Tennis Complex on the campus of Campbellsville University, Oct. 12. The Tigers will travel to Louisville, Ky. for the University of Louisville Invitational, November 1-3.