Tennis Bobcats Win Three Singles Titles at UC Invitational

Tennis Bobcats Win Three Singles Titles at UC Invitational

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team captured three singles flights in the Charleston invitational at the Family YMCA Saturday afternoon.

Alexander Lyudinovskiy, Pedro Nassar, and Pierre-Olivier Bedard each took home a title following victories in their prospective flights.

Lyudinovskiy (pictured below) stepped up to win the #3 Flight with a 6-0, 6-2 thrashing of Andrei Rutnytskyi of UVa.-Wise. Lyudinovskiy, a freshman from Spain, lost only nine games in his three tournament matches.

Nassar claimed a 6-0, 3-6, 10-8 victory over West Liberty State's Santiago Guitierrez in the #4 Flight final. Nassar also won a title here last year in the fifth position.

Bedard completed the Wesleyan trifecta with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Elliott Le Petit of Charleston. The freshman from Quebec won his second singles title this season after taking home a crown from the West Liberty invitational in September.

Bobcat freshman Thomas McIntosh also earned a berth in the 5th Flight singles final, but came up just short against Camillo Moncaya of West Liberty State falling 5-7, 6-3, and 9-11 in a match-tiebreaker. He teamed with Marc Van Den Boom to gain the B Flight doubles title match, where the pair bowed to Moncaya and Pablo Cimora 8-6.

"From top to bottom it was a really solid weekend for us," remarked head coach Marc Walters. "I was impressed with our fitness, as well as our ability to claw back into matches where we fell behind. We had a few guys out this weekend, so it was great to see other freshmen stepping up to pick up the slack and get some wins."

The men's tennis team will play again Feb. 24 vs. Longwood in White Sulpher Spings. 

That match will start at noon.

"We are making progress as a team and hopefully the success we had in the UC Invitational will help the new guys continue to refine their approach," concluded Walters.