Philadelphia, Pa. – The Concordia men's tennis team concluded the three-day Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regionals on Monday afternoon. In the singles and doubles "A" draws the Clippers proved why they still remain a top force in the region by winning both draws today at the Legacy Youth Tennis Center.
In doubles, all four teams for Concordia advanced to the semi-final round in an all-Clippers showdown to determine the champion. In the first semi-final the duo of Daniele Piludu (Cagliari, Italy) and Andrey Boldarev (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) took a 9-8 (7-1) victory over Benas Majauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Juuso Ojanen (Varkaus, Finland) to claim a spot in the championship match. In the other semi-final match Andreas Lindell (Helsingborg, Sweden) and David Tisserand (Lyon, France) grabbed an 8-4 win over Ricardo Frey (Curitiba, Brazil) and Tomasz Olfans (Opole, Poland).
In the championship match the overall No. 1 seeded duo of Piludu and Boldarev would take the victory with ease after showcasing a 6-1, 6-4 win to secure the ITA East Region Doubles Championship.
Singles play would unfold a similar story as seven of the eight Clippers advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles "A" draw. Ojanen would knock off the No. 1 seeded Boldarev in the quarterfinals while Olfans defeated Tisserand to advance to the semi-finals. In the other half of the bracket Lindell would defeat the only non-Concordia player to advance into the semi-finals while the No. 2 seeded Piludu grabbed a win over Majauskas.
The semi-finals would be one sided as Olfans took a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Ojanen while Puludu shutout Lindell 6-0, 6-0 to get one step closer at repeating as champion. In the championship match Piludu would succeed in his quest for a second straight ITA East Region Singles Championship with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Olfans.
Piludu and Boldarev will now represent Concordia and the East Region at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. The event will take place at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. from Oct. 11th-14th.