Real good day from Men's Tennis, and a strong showing at Kalamazoo for the second straight fall. Full draws aren't yet available, but here's what we know from Coach Nickell's Twitter:
Amar Hromic advanced to the Flight A final with wins over nemesis Sid Hazarika of Binghamton and Simon Formont of NIU. He'll face Toledo's Stefan Sisko tomorrow.
Ethan Nittolo lost his first match in Flight B but beat Vince Anzalone in the consolation. I don't know yet who's lined up across him in the consolation final (5th place).
Conflicting reports on Noah Hajdu-Andersson's first match in Flight C, but if he dropped it, he won the next one.
Sergio Arevalillo beat opponents from NIU and Binghamton to advance to the Flight D final. He'll go against Eric Olivarez of WMU.
Akhil Mehta also won his first two and also goes up against an opponent from WMU in the Flight E final.
Tony Miller in the round-robin Flight F will play in the final.
All told, as Nickell says above, four Bulls in the finals across five flights, on top of the Flight B doubles win yesterday. It's clear, as it was last year, that UB and WMU are the top two teams this weekend. Hopefully like last year the Bulls win the majority of their finals tomorrow.
In Kalamazoo for the WMU-hosted MAC Invitational, Men's Tennis started with two flights of doubles play.
Amar Hromic and Sergio Arevalillo dropped their first match but won three in succession to take the consolation in the A Flight, while Akhil Mehta and Tony Miller won their first and dropped the next three, also in the A Flight.
In the B Flight, Noah Hajdu-Andersson and Ethan Nittolo won three straight to take the championship.
Singles action begins tomorrow. Hromic is in the A Flight, Nittolo B, Hajdu-Andersson C, Arevalillo D, Mehta E, and Miller F.
Pablo Alvarez does not appear to have made the trip.
Singles play waits until tomorrow, and all of the flights don't wrap until Sunday, but today's opening afternoon saw most of the doubles brackets get out of the way.
In A Doubles Laura Holterbosch and Tanja Stojanovska will compete for the championship against a pairing from Duquesne after dropping only a single game in wins over Niagara and Akron.
B Doubles sees Margarita Kotok and Dayana Agasieva also in their final, also against Duquesne, after 6-4 and 6-2 wins over Akron and Cleveland State. Christine Haraldson and Mercedes Losada-Rubio took third place in the flight with 6-3 wins over Niagara and Cleveland State sandwiched around a loss to Duquesne's finalists.
C Doubles saw Sanjana Sudhir and Chantal Martinez Blanco drop their first match to eventual finalists from Duquesne but bounce back with a win over Niagara to claim the consolation bracket (5th place).
I'll have a full recap of the tournament when it all ends on Sunday, but for now, important things from Day 1:
UB looks very strong in singles. Each of the top five won their first matches, and that's including freshmen Chantal Martinez-Blanco and Sunjana Sudhir. Thanks to those two, Tanja Stojanovska, Margarita Kotok, and Laura Holterbosch, UB will have five semifinalists across the top three singles flights.
Dayana Agasieva and Mercedes Losada Rubio each lost their opening matches in Flight D, but Christine Haraldson won her first match in the round robin Flight E.
UB was slightly less successful in doubles, but still posted a winning record. Pairings of Kotok/Agasieva and Stojanovska/Holterbosch each received byes, but only the latter advanced to the final (in Flight B). Sudhir and Martinez-Blanco won a pair of matches to reach the final in Flight C, and Rubio and Haraldson lost their first match in Flight B.
Tomorrow will see all the doubles flights finish up and a single round of singles play in each flight.