Baton Rouge, La. (EETV) - Men’s tennis team was able to put on a show this weekend at the 2017 ITA Southern Regionals.
Sophomore Carles Sarrio advanced into the quarterfinals in singles and three of the doubles teams reached the round of 16.
Head coach Bobby Reynolds said of his team to Auburn Athletics, “I was happy with how our guys competed this weekend. We are in a very strong region and to have a player make the quarterfinals is a step in the right direction for our program.”
In doubles, Sarrio and Diego Chavarria advanced to the round of 16 with an 8-1 win over Elio Lago and Pierce Gilheany from Louisiana Lafayette. Michael Durham and Alex Masciolo used an 8-7 win over Southern Miss’ Daniel Merker and Ronit Bisht to join the Round of 16, while Alex Rushin and Brandon Laubser advanced via an 8-6 win over Tim Dollman and Stefan Gonzalez of UAB.
Edward Nguyen and Olle Thestrup were winners in the Round of 64, with an 8-4 win over Samford’s Justin Ghavani and Max Rebol.
Sarrio was victorious in three singles matches, reaching the quarterfinals by defeating Tulane’s Tim Ruetzel in straight sets (6-3, 6-1), Alabama’s Alexey Nesterov (7-5, 6-4) and Southern Miss’ Ronit Bisht (6-3, 6-2). Sarrio eventually was taken down in the quarterfinals by Strahinja Rakic of Mississippi State 6-0, 6-4.
Auburn returns to the courts in two weeks, sending players to the Dick Vitale Invitational in Lakeland, Fla., and the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta November 3-5.