Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Concordia men's tennis team participated in the 5th annual Stony Brook Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Clippers would claim the singles "B" flight along with both doubles flight against some of the top programs in the Northeast.
Junior Benas Majauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) and senior Daniele Piludu (Cagliari, Italy) would claim the doubles "A" flight title after powering their way through the field. After earning a first round bye the duo would knock out Marcelo Locatelli/Alexandre Felisa of Stony Brook, 8-2, and then Joseph Erichsen/Leonardo Pires of Hofstra, 8-1, to earn a spot in the finals. Their opponents, Tim Srkala/Jack Boling of ASA would put up a strong fight but both Majauskas and Piludu remained perfect to take an 8-5 victory in the tournament's top doubles flight.
In the doubles "B" flight the duo of senior Ricardo Frey (Curitiba, Brazil) and junior Tomasz Olfans (Opole, Poland) would earn a first round win over Vinicius Degani/Albert Fontova of Stony Brook, 8-6, and then knocked out the top-seeded duo of Ben Swett/Burke Pakton, 8-2, of Hamilton to earn a spot in the semifinals. They would next face Brett Derrington/Antonio Perich of Stevens and earned an 8-4 win.
Awaiting Frey and Olfans would be the duo of junior Juuso Ojanen (Varkaus, Finland) and freshman Pulat Babadjanov (Tashkent, Uzbekistan). Their road to the championship match began with an 8-4 victory over Andrew Weeden/Luke Roser of Quinnipiac, an 8-5 win over Matthew Gemmell/Beau Wills of Hofstra, and an 8-4 victory against Brandon Stone/Raphael Termat of Stony Brook. In the All-Concordia finals Frey and Olfans would come out victorious after taking an 8-5 win.
In the singles "A" flight Majauskas would earn a spot in the championship match but fell to Kei Ezaka of Quinnipiac 2-6, 6-2, 11-9. Piludu would also fall to Ezaka 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 in the quarterfinals. In the "C" flight, Frey would be knocked out in his opening match 8-5 against Rafael Alvarez of ASA while Babadjanov dropped a 2-6, 6-2, 10-2 decision against Hari Rohan of Stony Brook.
Olfans would make a run at a spot in the championship match of the singles "B" flight but his bid would come up short after dropping a 4-6, 6-0, 10-7 decision against Eric Ambrosio of Quinnipiac. Ojanen would have better luck as he advanced to the championship match where he would knock off Ambrosio 6-1, 6-1 to give the Clippers the title in the singles "B" flight.
Next on the schedule for Concordia is the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Regionals which are set to kick off on Saturday, September 21st in Philadelphia, Pa. The three-day event will take place at the Legacy Youth Tennis Center with the respective champions earning a spot in the ITA National Small College Championships at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Fla. this October.