LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the fall season winding down, Campbellsville University Tiger Tennis took to the courts against some big-time competition. CU competed in the University of Louisville Invitational on Nov. 1-2 in its final matches of 2013.
"We had a good tournament overall when it comes down to competing," said head coach Kyle Caven. "Unfortunately we just could not come up with as many wins as we would have liked."
Alejandro Soriano led off for the Tigers and played against the highly touted Maks Gold from the University of Kentucky. Soriano dropped the first set 6-2 but fought back and gave Gold everything he could handle in the second as he only lost 7-5.
Soriano went to the Flight "A" Singles consolation bracket and dropped his match against Illinois State's Rodrigo Oliveira, 6-3, 6-0.
Sebastian Marot was the second Tiger to compete against a D-1 player as he faced off with U of L's Jeffrey Brown. Marot lost the match, 6-3, 6-2.
After the loss in the first round, Marot also went to the Flight "A" Singles consolation bracket and dropped his match, 6-1, 6-3.
Pontus Blom and Zach Baulch were the lone Tigers to win their first-round matches as Blom played Harsha Manjunath from Vincennes University. Blom won 6-2, 6-0. Baulch also played against Vincennes' Chris Holcomb and won 6-2, 6-0. But both dropped their second-round matches.
In the Flight "A" Doubles draw, Campbellsville was also represented as Soriano and Blom lost their first-round match 8-4.
In the Flight "B" Doubles draw, Marot and Baulch represented CU and also lost their first-round match 9-7.
"Sebastian and Zach had a tough loss in their first-round of doubles," said Caven. "They served for the match but came up just short."
Both doubles teams, Soriano and Blom and Marot and Baulch, moved on to the consolation brackets for their respective Flight draws in day two.
Baulch and Blom represented CU as the only singles competitors left in the tournament, but both lost in the semifinal round for the Flight "B" Singles.
"Blom narrowly missed the finals match," said Caven. "He had a chance, but Clifford from Morehead beat him 7-5, 6-4."
Soriano and Blom moved to the semifinals of the doubles consolation Flight A, but also lost 8-5 in a pro set.
After losing their first round match on day one of the Flight B Doubles, Marot and Baulch did not falter again as they moved through the consolation bracket and beat Holcomb and Manjunath from Vincennes University in the championship match.
"Sebastian and Zach finished strong throughout the consolation draw and competed against some good competition," said Caven. "With so many good teams, every draw that you can win is well deserved."
Campbellsville finished its fall schedule and now will focus on off-season conditioning and getting back to where they need to be mentally.
"We had a couple of great sets in singles," said Caven. "But we lost a bit of focus here and there and it cost us for this tournament. That is something we have to work on and get better mentally."
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