PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Fin Villanova Men’s Tennis wrapped up competition in Philadelphia at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational on Sunday. The Wildcats saw Tommy Mulfur, Daniel Martinez, and the doubles team of Alastair Hurry and Matt Phelps win their flights in the consolation bracket.
Singles matches got underway on Saturday, as Dylan Flanagan was the first Wildcat to see action. In his first match of the day, Flanagan faced off against La Salle’s Tomas Christian. After a strong effort, he came out on top, earning the win, 6-4. Next, he faced Tim Stierle where he wasn’t able to contain the opponent dropping the match 6-0. Next up for the Wildcats was Stefan Suarez as he took on Drexel in the opening round of the singles matches in flight one. He dropped the match, 6-3. Tyler Roth was also in flight one of play as he saw Lehigh and edged the competition, 6-4. He dropped his second match of the day to Francesco Mowery of La Salle.
In flight two of the singles matches, Tommy Dodson was able to escape La Salle but couldn’t see the semifinals as he was edges by Saint Joseph’s. Matt Phelps was also in flight two for the Wildcats as he made it to the second round of competition. He eventually would lose to Saint Joseph’s in the second round.
There was a third flight of competition in the singles matches. William Elmore kicked things off for Wildcats with a first-round win against Saint Joseph’s. The second round came later Saturday as he dropped the match to Drexel, 6-1 and 6-2.
With more singles competitions in flight four, Jimmy Purdy and Danny Nomura both were off to a strong start as they made it to the third round. While Purdy was edged, Nomura advanced all the way to the semifinals but he lost to Lehigh despite his effort.
In the consolation draw, Mulfur earned the first championship on Sunday. He was able to get past two strong competitors in La Salle. Next, Martinez was able to fend off his competition in route of a victory in flight two. Lastly, doubles team Hurry/Phelps remained strong despite the situation and edged their opponents to capture flight two of doubles competition.
Next up for Villanova Men’s Tennis is a trip to Providence, RI as they complete their fall slate at the New England Invitational. Play is set to begin Friday with championships set for Sunday.