Sept. 13, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova men's tennis team will play its fall season opener this weekend as it hosts the 3rd Annual Villanova Invitational at the West Campus Tennis Courts. The tournament will kick off at noon Friday and continue at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Joining the Wildcats will be Lafayette, Chestnut Hill and Randolph-Macon Colleges to form two separate draws.
The Main Draw will consist of a 32 player tournament with a "two-and-one" format. The invitational begins with 16 doubles matches which are followed by the doubles competitors facing their opponents from the other team in singles matches. The team that wins at least two of the three contests, advance in the main draw, while the losing team moves to the back draw.
The duo of Tim Abbracciamento and Mike Rosengren will contend against Randolph-Macon's Ryan Byrd and Michael Baxter in the third match.
Newcomer Bradley Nomes will pair with last season's leading doubles player, Chris Seitz, to vie with Kevin Taylor and Devin Hampton of Chestnut Hill in the sixth match of the afternoon.
In all, Chestnut Hill and Villanova comprise of the most players in the field with 10 players each, Randolph-Macon has eight participants and Lafayette will only bring four athletes to the tournament.