By TAYLOR WEITER
The Eastern men’s tennis team finished the Steve Baras Fall Classic with another solid positive record, finishing 5-3 in doubles and 7-7 in singles play, while the women’s team finished 1-3 in doubles and 2-6 in singles play against a strong playing field.
Senior Alex Álvaro completed the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record in singles play, defeating OVC opponent Alvaro Cintas of Tennessee Tech.
“Alex was definitely the player, or Colonel, of the weekend,” said Head Coach Rob Oertel. “He had a perfect record throughout the tournament and proved to be a great teammate.”
Álvaro was scheduled to compete in the singles first flight championship, however his match against Arvan Mohanty of Mercer University was canceled due to rain.
In addition to a perfect singles record, Álvaro and doubles partner, Ramon van Flymen, finished the weekend 2-0 with the opportunity to compete in another canceled championship.
With this weekend’s championship run, Álvaro and van Flymen have improved their overall season record to 4-1.
“Alex and Ramon are performing very well together,” said Carlos Pons, an assistant coach who worked closely with the men’s team throughout the tournament.
“Working with Alex has helped Ramon become a tough competitor,” Pons said. “Alex is a good teammate and leader, and Ramon has learned and grown a lot from playing with him.”
In addition to Álvaro and van Flymen, doubles partners Sebastian Mueller and Diego Asis finished the tournament 2-0, improving to 4-1 this season.
Pons said that all men’s players are continuing to improve, paying special attention to senior Florian Graskamp, who finished 1-1 in singles play after losing a hard fought match against Fernando Guardia of Mercer University.
Freshman Indra Patwardhan did not compete in singles play due to a knee injury, however did compete in doubles with Diogo Soares, finishing 1-1.
Oertel said it was another good doubles showing from the boys, and he said he believes that the doubles roster will be deep throughout the year.
Despite the women’s team’s overall record at the tournament, Oertel said there were several well played matches in both singles and doubles play.
“The field was very strong, and it’s never a bad thing to lose to good players,” Oertel said.
In particular, freshman Margaux Lacroix finished singles play with a 1-1 record, defeating OVC opponent Elina Geut of UT Martin in what Oretel said was a confidence boosting match.
In doubles play, Lacroix and partner Marina Marti finished 0-2, while Laura Argente and Raquel Montalvo finished 1-1 with a 7-6 loss against top-ranked Ole Miss.
“Even though we lost to Ole Miss at match point, all of our teammates were watching and cheering us on,” Montalvo said. “I think the tournament was a good experience for us to have.”
After a weekend free of tournament play during fall break, the men’s and women’s tennis teams will continue its fall season Oct. 15-17, competing in the ITA Region 8 Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee.