Although we’re a little under a month into classes, the tennis teams have been hard at work getting in their reps and shaking off any leftover summer rust. This past weekend, men’s tennis was in action in Napa at the Silverado Invitational hosted by the Silverado Resort and Casino. The tournament is a charity event for the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley. Other participants were The University of Tulsa, Cal Poly, The University of Buffalo, UNLV and defending tournament champs Oklahoma State.
Day one was a success for USF. The Dons swept all four of their singles matches, only losing two sets total against UNLV. They took one out of their two doubles matches against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Junior Oliver Poysti and senior Christian Brockstedt took the loss against the Cowboys, but sophomore Ryan Marker and junior Johan Joenhagen beat OK State’s duo of Matthew Scaglia and Jurence Mendoza.
On the second day of play, the Dons split their singles matches 2-2 with Oklahoma State. Marker and Brockstedt took wins while Joenhagen and Poysti took losses. USF won both of their doubles matches against Buffalo.
The final day brought even more victories, as USF went on to win three of four singles matches and both of their doubles matches. Marker was the only loss of the day, but played to three sets. Brockstedt was also pushed to three sets during his singles match and came out victorious in the tie break set 7-5.
Even though they only suffered four losses out of 18 total matches, USF placed second behind Cal Poly.
Tennis still has a plethora of invitationals and tournaments before their regular season kicks off in the spring, but be sure to check them out in USF’s Battle in the Bay Classic at the California Tennis Club in San Francisco from Sept. 22 to the 25.
PHOTO CREDIT: USF Athletics