Oct. 22, 2017
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Virginia men’s tennis singles player advanced to the quarterfinals while a doubles team picked up a victory to move to the semifinals on Sunday (Oct. 22) at the ITA Atlantic Regional, being held at the Cook Tennis Center and Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Junior Aswin Lizen (Douglas, Isle of Man) defeated Virginia Tech’s Feliksas Sakalauskas 6-3, 6-4 to move into the Round of 16 and then downed Adam Blasinsky of Duquesne 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Lizen will face Longwood’s Amadeo Blasco on Monday at 10 a.m. in the quarterfinals.
Redshirt freshman Ammar Alhaqbani (Alexandria, Va.) won his first set in his Round of 32 match against Liberty’s Chase Burton but fell 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
In doubles, Lizen and freshman Matthew Lord (Bloomfield, Conn.), the No. 5 seed in the draw, picked up an 8-5 victory over top-seeded Constant de la Basseteire and Christian Lakoseljac of Penn State on Sunday. They will face Temple’s Alberto Caceres and Thomas Sevel on Monday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. The final will also take place on Monday afternoon shortly after the completion of the semis.
Live results from the matches will periodically be updated on Liberty’s website throughout the tournament. Those links will be posted on the schedule page of VirginiaSports.com.
The singles and doubles champions will automatically earn a spot at next month’s Oracle ITA National Fall Championships at Indian Wells.
The Cavaliers have won the singles title at the regional eight times, including J.C. Aragone, who won the title last year. Other Cavaliers winning the singles championship include Huntley Montgomery (2000), Dominic Inglot (2007-08), Jarmere Jenkins (2009-10), Harrison Richmond (2012) and Ryan Shane (2014).