TULSA, Okla. – Five members of the Virginia men’s tennis team are competing at the 2018 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships being held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Senior Aswin Lizen (Douglas, Isle of Man) played in the singles main draw. He faced Valentin Vacherot of Texas A&M in first round action on Thursday, falling 6-2, 6-1. Lizen fell 6-1, 7-6(1) to LSU’s Shane Monroe in a consolation match on Friday.
Freshmen Ryan Goetz(Greenlawn, N.Y.) and William Woodall(Washington, D.C.) and sophomore Matthew Lord (Bloomfield, Conn.) competed this weekend in prequalifying, trying to advance into the qualifying tournament which takes place Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 1-2.
Goetz won three matches to earn a spot in the singles qualifying draw. He began play on Saturday in the Round of 128, topping Daniel Janko of UAB 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. On Sunday, he downed Jason Lui of Columbia, 6-4, 6-3, and Jan Galka of Louisiana by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Sixteen players advanced from prequalifying into the qualifying tournament.
Lord also began play in the Round of 128, falling 6-4, 7-5 to Buffalo’s Hao Sheng Koay. In a consolation match on Sunday, Lord downed Oral Roberts’ Kenneth Boykin 6-7 (5), 6-0, 10-3
Woodall began in the Round of 256, falling 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 to Miami’s Dane Dunlap. In the consolation match, Woodall won 7-6 (3), 6-3 over Samuel Serrano of South Alabama.
Goetz fell 7-5, 6-2 to McClain Kessler of Florida on Monday in the opening round of qualifying singles.
Lord and Goetz partnered in doubles. They downed Gabriel Dias and Diego Quiroz of Winthrop 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round of the qualifying tournament, but fell 7-5, 6-3 to Yuta Kikuchi and Jacob Brumm of Cal in the Round of 32.