Ashland University's men's tennis team opened its season on the first day of competition at the Charger Invitational on Friday (Sept. 13).
After the first day of competition, the A doubles team of sophomore Stuart Brdicka and sophomore Colten Clark is still unbeaten. On the other side of the doubles bracket in B doubles, sophomore Jordan Phelps and sophomore Tche Kun Teng are also unbeaten.
Brdicka and Clark won their first match of the day, 6-3. They won their second over Hilldale, 6-2, to advance to the final match in the A bracket. Phelps and Teng won their opening match easily, 6-1. They topped Tiffin's duo, 6-4, to move to the final match in the B bracket. The freshman doubles squad, Jacob Hoffman and Noah Brown, won their first match, 6-1. They weren't able to win their second match of the day and fell to the consolation bracket.
The Eagles were having success across the board in singles action.
In the A singles bracket, Brdicka won his first and only match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Clark also won his match in the B singles bracket, 7-6, 6-4. In the C bracket, Ashland was dominant and is poised for an all-Eagle finale. Phelps won his match in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 11-9. On the other side of the bracket, Hung Huynh, a freshman, won his first match, 6-4, 6-3. Phelps and Huynh are one win away each from playing each other to top the C singles bracket. In D singles, it was Hoffman who won convincingly in his opening match, a 6-1, 6-1 straight-sets victory.
Heading into Day 2, the Eagles have two doubles teams in contention for invitational victories, and five singles players.
Day 2 of action at the Charger Invitational will take place on Saturday (Sept. 14) in Hillsdale, Mich.