Villanova Claims Five Championships in Final Day of Saint Joseph's Invitational
Sept. 22, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Villanova men's tennis team concluded a successful weekend at the Saint Joseph's Invitational with five championships in several different draws Sunday at the Finnesey Courts and SJU Tennis Complex.
"Our young guys played impressive tennis over the weekend," Villanova head coach Brad Adams. "Miranda was phenomenal in only his second college tournament and I am really excited for the program moving forward."
Newcomer Luis Miranda has made an impact on the team already after winning the Singles Flight IV main draw in his second career action at the collegiate level. In the championship match, Miranda needed only two sets to take down Drexel's Daniel Hansen, 6-2, 7-5. The freshman defeated USMA's Chad Llewellyn, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals to finish 4-0 in Philadelphia.
The dynamic duo of Thomas O'Brien and Kelly Donaldson edged Pierre Brondeau and Kyle Chalmers of Saint Joseph's, 8-7 (2), in their closest match of the tournament season thus far. The pair would go on to ease their way past Delaware's Adam Lawton and Troy Beneck, 8-4, to claim the Doubles Flight I Championship.
In the Doubles Flight II semifinals, Ryan Peyton teamed with Mike Rosengren and topped Drexel's Tyler Pultro and Danny Talone, 8-5, before falling to Badr Ouabdelmoumen and Daniel Hansen (Drexel), 8-3, in the finals.
After suffering a couple of heartbreaking defeats Saturday afternoon, three Villanova players regrouped and went on to win consolation championships on Sunday.
Teammates Christopher Seitz and O'Brien would advance to the Flight I Singles Consolation Championship. Seitz would capture the crown due to O'Brien walking over to play in the Flight I Doubles Championship match.
In the Flight III Consolation Singles Draw, Bradley Noyes eased his way past Delaware's Sweet, 6-1, 6-4, and then La Salle's Balico, 6-0, 6-2, to advance to the championship. The freshman would then dominate Lafayette's Matturri, 6-2, 6-1, to earn his first tournament championship at the collegiate ranks.
Mark Miller would go on to win the Flight IV Singles Consolation Championship after sweeping past Lafayette's Abramo (6-0, 6-2), La Salle's Robinson (6-0, 6-2) and O'Connell (La Salle) in the finals.
The Wildcats will enjoy the week off before returning to the courts Oct. 4-6 at the Quinnipiac Invitational in Hamden, Conn.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Flight II Singles Draw
Flight III Singles Draw
Flight IV Singles Draw
Doubles Flight I Draw
Doubles Flight II Draw
Flight I Consolation Singles Draw
Flight II Consolation Singles Draw
Flight III Consolation Singles Draw
Flight IV Consolation Singles Draw
Doubles Flight I Consolation Draw
Doubles Flight II Consolation Draw