Baltimore, Md. (September 21, 2018) - The Mount St. Mary's men's tennis team advanced two pairings to the Semifinals in the Loyola Invitational on Friday afternoon. The duo of Jackson Wood and Parth Sharma moved to the Semifinals first but were followed by the other Mountaineer duo of Jean Armstrong and Alonzo Garcia. Junior Gabriel Santos and sophomore Evan Hine was knocked off in the first round but turned it around to make the Semifinals on the Consolation side.
The invitational is a 'Points of the Compass' format, with each team consisting of two players and each round consisting of a doubles match and two singles matches. The winner of the best-of-three advances to the next round.
The Mount's first pairing of Jackson Wood and Parth Sharma defeated Lafayette's duo of John Yurconic and Daniel Kramer 3-0 before moving on to the Quarterfinals where the Mountaineer duo topped Johns Hopkins' Jack Hogan and Aron Wong 3-0 as well.
Jean Armstrong and Alonzo Garcia edged Eric Yoo and Eric Burrer 2-1 in the opening round before the Mountaineer duo topped the Lafayette pairing of Will Barry and Brandt Baldwin 2-1 in the Quarterfinals. Garcia picked up his first career singles victory after he topped Yoo 8-6 in the opening round match.
Mount St. Mary's final pairing of Gabriel Santos and Evan Hine were defeated by Loyola's Skyler Gates and Matt Fitzmaurice 2-1 in the first round but blanked the Lafayette duo of Paul Caruso and Jamie Hill 3-0 in the Quarterfinals of the Consolation bracket.
The Mount will look to finish strong in the second and possibly final day of the Loyola Invitational tomorrow, September 22. It looks like the teams will try to finish the tournament tomorrow because of Sunday's forecast for rain.