Eagle Men Wrap Up Play At ITA Regionals

Eagle Men Wrap Up Play At ITA Regionals

Ashland University's men's tennis team concluded play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Regional Championships on Saturday (Sept. 29).

Freshman Stuart Brdicka, freshman Colten Clark and freshman Jordan Phelps competed at the championships.

Brdicka suffered an opening round loss in the main draw to Renato Lima, who is ranked ninth in the midwest region. Lima won the third, and decisive set in a back and forth match that ended with Brdicka losing 7-5, 1-6, 10-4. Lima also went on to win the men's A singles main draw at the ITA Regionals. Brdicka was only one of two players that took Lima to three sets.

After falling to the consolation draw, Brdicka saw great success. 

He won his first match in straight sets with ease, 6-0, 6-2. Brdicka had a bye in the next round. In round three of the consolation bracket, he picked up another big win with a 6-1, 6-4 straight sets victory. In quarterfinal play, the freshman continued to show his dominance with another two-set win, 6-4, 6-2. Brdicka advanced to the semifinal, where play was abandoned for the weekend.

On the other side of the bracket, Phelps advanced to the second round of main bracket play before falling to the consolation bracket. His loss in the main draw came against Alex Chan in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. Chan went on to win the men's B singles main draw, only dropping one set along the way. 

In doubles action at the ITA regionals, the Eagles fielded the pairing of Clark and Phelps. They advanced to the second round of the main draw before their second-round exit to the consolation bracket. In consolation bracket play, the Eagle duo earned a bye, and eventually picked up their only win in the bracket (8-6) to advance to the semifinal. Phelps and Clark's semifinal match was abandoned, as was the remainder of the doubles consolation draw.

"The men fought hard and adapted to adversity on the court this weekend," said assistant coach Christian Hamilton. "They pulled off some tough matches and had good fights in their losses. We are proud of their grit and performance."  

The Eagles will play next on Oct. 12 at home at the Deborah Liebert Karl Tennis Complex, as they host the Ashland University Hidden Duals.