By TAYLOR WEITER
The Eastern men’s tennis team won 10 of 13 doubles matches in its second tournament of the individual season at the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. Sept. 25-27.
“I think we can improve in singles, but I am very happy with how the doubles turned out,” said Head Coach Rob Oertel.
The Colonels finished under .500 in overall singles play with an 11-16 record. Sebastian Mueller, Alberto Tintoré and Colin Hart led the team in singles matches, finishing 2-1.
Oertel said the Purdue Fall Invitational proved to be one of the team’s best doubles performances ever.
The team went 10-3 in three competitive doubles flights as Diogo Soares and newcomer Indra Patwardhan led the Colonels with a perfect 4-0 record, winning flight C of the doubles division 8-6.
The pairs Alex Álvaro and Ramon van Flymen and Florian Graskamp and Tintoré finished with 2-1 records, falling short in the semifinals to Lewis University (9-7) and Southern Illinois University (8-5), respectively.
“I am pleasantly surprised by Patwardhan’s performance in doubles,” Oertel said. “It’s hard to tell how a new player will fit in, but he did extremely well.”
Oertel said despite the doubles records improving since past tournaments, the fall is an individual season for tennis and no team lineups or pairings are written in stone at the moment.
In preparation for both the regional championships in mid-October and team season in February, the team will continue to mix different players and personalities together for doubles play.
The Colonels will resume invitational play alongside the Eastern women’s tennis team on Saturday, Oct. 2 in Chattanooga, Tenn. at the Chattanooga Fall Invitationals.