Men's Tennis Team Off to Solid Start at Hilltopper Classic

Men's Tennis Team Off to Solid Start at Hilltopper Classic

WEST LIBERTY -- All four of West Virginia Wesleyan's men's doubles entries won their opening rounds as the squad opened their 2016 season at the West Liberty Invitational Friday

The event was played between intermittent rain showers before the first round of singles was suspended.

When play resumes Saturday morning, Wesleyan will have their top two doubles teams playing in the semifinals of the "A" flight and at least two players in the singles semis.

The Bobcats were led by the top pairings of Ferran Berga and Nathan Sabate, and Ramon Rodriguez and Pedro Nassar in the A doubles flight.

Berga and Sabate cruised past teams from Charleston (8-1) and Edinboro (8-4) to gain a semifinal berth, Rodriguez and Nassar had a tougher time, overcoming the top teams from West Liberty and Charleston in tiebreakers.

The duo saved multiple match points in the opener to upset the host Hilltopper tandem of Andrew Ponder and Baptiste Perrin, 9-8 (8-6). They then came back to take another nail-biter from UC's Alec Foote and Ivan Grecin 9-8 (7-3).

Rodriguez won his first round round singles in the No. 2 flight by a 6-3 6-0 score over Tiffin University, while freshman Alexander Lyudinovskiy was leading UC's Jamie Gibson 6-3, 3-0 when the play was halted due to the rain. Nassar, Sabate, and Berga will all start their singles play Saturday morning. 

In the "B" flight doubles, the Bobcats teams of Lyudinovskiy and Thomas McIntosh, and Pierre-Olivier Bedard and Lukas Laipold, each won their first round matches before falling in the quarterfinals.

Play resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Edgar Martin Tennis Complex in West Liberty.

Pictured: Alexander Lyudinovskiy was leading 6-3 3-0 over Jamie Gibson of Charleston in the first round play Friday in West Liberty before the play was suspended due to rain.