ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Grad student Bar Botzer and sophomore Alexander Kiefer both won three matches this weekend at the ITA Atlantic Regional qualifying tournament held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The tournament served as the qualifier for the ITA Atlantic Super Regional which will take place at Old Dominion Oct. 22-25.
The Atlantic Regional qualifying tournament began with a bracket of 128 in singles and 64 in doubles with eight singles players advancing and four doubles teams.
Grad student Jackson Allen also competed in the tournament. All three played in the singles bracket and Allen and Kiefer partnered in doubles.
All three players won their opening singles matches on Thursday, with Botzer and Kiefer both winning 6-1, 6-1. Botzer and Kiefer moved on to the Round of 16 with wins on Friday. Botzer topped Joaquim Almeida of VCU 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to earn his place in the Super Regional with Kiefer topping Mikeal Carpenter of Morgan State 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Allen and Kiefer began doubles action on Friday in the Round of 32, topping Vansh Kapoor and Anas Haddou of Coppin State 8-1. On Saturday, they battled for an 8-7 (3) win against Luis Molina and James Wilkinson of Delaware but fell in their final match.
With his three wins this weekend, Kiefer improves to 9-0 in singles this fall.
Coppin State, Delaware, Duquesne, George Mason, Georgetown, Howard, Loyola, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, VCU, Villanova and Virginia will have players competing as individuals in the tournament
WHO WILL ADVANCE
The final eight singles players and final four doubles teams will advance to the ITA Atlantic Super Regional, held at Old Dominion Oct. 22-25
64 Alexander Kiefer (Virginia) def. Cy McLeod (Navy) 6-1, 6-1
32 Alexander Kiefer (Virginia) def. Charlie Suh (Georgetown) 6-2, 6-1
16 Alexander Kiefer (Virginia) def. Mikeal Carpenter (Morgan St) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
32 Bar Botzer (Virginia) def. Jake Fellows (Georgetown) 6-4, 6-4
64 Bar Botzer (Virginia) def. Jin Dassabayake (Duquesne) 6-1, 6-1
16 Bar Botzer (Virginia) def. Joaquim Almeida (VCU) 7-5, 6-2
64 Jackson Allen (Virginia) def. Filipos Zachiotis (Mount Saint Mary’s) 6-3, 6-0
32 Guilherme Valdoleiros( (Delaware) def. Jackson Allen (Virginia) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
32 Alexander Kiefer/Jackson Allen (Virginia) def. Vansh Kapoor/Anas Haddou (Coppin State) 8-1
16 Alexander Kiefer/Jackson Allen (Virginia) def. Luis Molina/James Wilkinson (Delaware) 8-7
qf Inigo Torre Martin/Rayane Stable (VCU) def. Alexander Kiefer/Jackson Allen (Virginia) 8-2