Nov. 5, 2017
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Virginia men's tennis team had five players competing at the Georgia Tech Invitational, held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 3-5, at Georgia Tech’s Ken Byer’s Tennis Complex in Atlanta, Ga.
Freshman Matthew Lord (Bloomfield, Conn.) advanced to the Old Gold singles bracket final after opening the tournament with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Georgia Tech's Michael Kay and then picking up two victories on Saturday, downing Andrei Andrukhou of Georgia State 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 and South Carolina’s Yancy Dennis 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Lord fell 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to top-seeded Carlos Divar of Georgia Tech in Sunday’s final. Lord finished the fall with an 8-3 record in singles.
Redshirt freshman Ammar Alhaqbani (Alexandria, Va.) rebounded from a loss in his opening match by advancing to the consolation final of the Old Gold singles bracket with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Georgia State’s Jack MacFarlane and a 6-2, 6-4 win over Auburn’s Olle Thestrup on Saturday. Alhaqbani fell 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 to South Carolina’s Thomas Mayronne in Sunday’s consolation final. Alhaqbani finished the fall with a 5-5 record in singles.
In the White Singles bracket, freshmen Jefferson Dockter (Atlanta, Ga.) opened the tournament with a 6-4, 7-6 (0-4) victory over Auburn's Alex Mascioli but dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Georgia State’s Quentin Couland in the quarterfinals. He was edge in a Saturday consolation match by South Carolina’s Thomas Brown 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2).
Freshman Jerome Romualdez (Manila, Philippines) took three losses in the tournament, falling to Georgia Stat’s Kevin Huynh and Andrei Duarte and Georgia Tech’s Brandon Freestone.
Freshman Ethan Moszkowski (New York, N.Y.) made his collegiate debut at the tournament, partnering with Dockter in doubles. Lord and Romualdez also partnered in doubles. Both tandems went 0-3 in the tournament.
The Georgia Tech Invitational was the final collegiate tournament on the fall schedule for the Cavaliers. The team will open the spring dual season on Saturday, Jan. 20 when they host Richmond at 5 p.m. at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Virginia Results - Singles
Matthew Lord (Virginia) def. Michael Kay (Georgia Tech) 6-4, 6-4
Matthew Lord (Virginia) def. Andrei Andrukhou (4) (Georgia State) 6-1; 1-6; 6-3
Matthew Lord (Virginia,) def. Yancy Dennis (2) (South Carolina) 3-6; 7-5; 7-5
Carlos Divar (1) (GA Tech) def. Matthew Lord (Virginia) 1-6; 6-4; 6-4
Abraham Asaba (Virginia Tech) def. Ammar Alhaqbani (Virginia) 6-2, 7-5
Ammar Alhaqbani(Virginia) def. Jack MacFarlane (Georgia State) 4-6; 6-3; 6-0
Ammar Alhaqbani (Virginia) def. Olle Thestrup, Olle (Auburn) 6-2; 6-4
Thomas Mayronne (3) (South Carolina) def. Ammar Alhaqbani (Virginia) 6-7(5); 6-4; 6-3
Jefferson Dockter (Virginia) def. Alex Mascioli (Auburn) 6-4, 7-6 (0-4)
Quentin Coulaud (2) (Georgia State) def. Jefferson Dockter (Virginia) 6-4; 6-3
Thomas Brown (South Carolina) def. Jefferson Dockter (Virginia) 6-2; 6-2
Wood Benton (1) (South Carolina) def. Jefferson Dockter (Virginia) 6-1 Ret (inj)
Kevin Huynh (Georgia State) def. Jerome Romualdez (Virginia) 6-1, 6-1
Brandon Freestone (GA Tech) def. Jerome Romualdez (Virginia) 6-0; 6-2
Jerome Romualdez (Virginia) def. Bailey Showers (Georgia State) Wo (inj)
Andrei Duarte (Georgia State) def. Jerome Romualdez (Virginia) 6-1; 6-2
Andrei Duarte/Bailey Showers (Georgia State) def. Jefferson Dockter/Ethan Moszkowski (Virginia) 8-1
Abraham Asaba/Chase Bernstine (Virginia Tech) def. Jefferson Dockter/Ethan Moszkowski (Virginia) 8-2
Michael Durham / Alex Mascioli (Auburn) def. Jefferson Dockter / Ethan Moszkowski (Virginia) 8-1
Carlos Divar/Michael Kay (Georgia Tech) def. Matthew Lord/Jerome Romualdez (Virginia) 8-2
Thomas Brown/Yancy Dennis (South Carolina) def. Matthew Lord/Jerome Romualdez (Virginia) 8-5
Philip Gresk / Chris Yun (1) (Georgia Tech) def. Matthew Lord / Jerome Romualdez (Virginia) 8-7(3)
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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