Philadelphia, Pa. – The Concordia College (N.Y.) Clippers men's tennis team finished the three-day Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championship on Monday. The Clippers captured the Men's A Singles Championship in an All-Concordia Finals match.
Out of the eight participants for Concordia, four were ranked in the top five prior to the start of the event. Daniele Piludu (Cagliari, Italy), the number two seed, played his way to the Championship match against fellow Clipper and number five seeded David Tisserand (Lyon, France). Piludu won 6-2, 6-4 to capture the Singles Championship for Concordia and a spot in the ITA National Tournament this October in Mobile, Ala.
Andreas Lindell (Helsingborg, Sweden) played his way into the third round where he met the number one seeded Attila Toth of Queens College (N.Y.). Lindell would be knocked out by Toth 6-3, 6-4. After a first round bye for Mark Mozer (Brest, Belarus), he met up with the number seven seeded Claudio Andrade of Queens College (N.Y.) who defeated Mozer, 6-4, 4-6 (10-3). Geza Bazula (Budapest, Hungary) lost in his opening set of play, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 to Dustin Wenchel of NYIT as did Ricardo Frey (Curitiba, Brazil) 6-2, 6-4 to UScience's Alvaro Vargas.
Number four seeded Tomasz Olfans (Opole, Poland) won all of his matches up until the semi-final game against Piludu. Olfans was one of three Clippers to make it into the last four spots of the tournament. Number three seeded Benas Majauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) was defeated by Queens College's Tyron Ewels 6-2, 7-6 (3).
In doubles competition, the team of Lindell/Tisserand was the first from Concordia to be knocked out. They lost 9-8 to Southern New Hampshire's Juan Arrango-Campo / Alex Mukdaprakorn. The next team that faced elimination was Pilidu/Majauskas who won their first match 8-3 but lost their next match to NYIT's Dustin Wenchel / Pedro Piexoto, 8-3.
The team of Olfans/Bazula made it the farthest in doubles competition for the Clippers. The two won the first match 8-6 then dominated their second game, winning 8-1. In their third match, they faced the number one seeded duo of Toth/Nikolaj Wulff from Queens College. In a close battle, the Knights won 8-6 to move on to the championship match where they too took that victory.
Concordia will begin their 2011-2012 Fall season on Saturday Oct. 1st. The Clippers will welcome Division III Bowdoin College for a 10am match.