LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's tennis team opened its 2011 fall schedule by hosting the first day of the W&L Invitational on Saturday.
Senior Brian Roberts (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) is still alive in the Flight C singles bracket after posting wins over Case Western Reserve's Bas Van Lent (6-1, 6-1) and senior teammate Michael Freeman (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), 6-4, 6-2. He will take on CWRU's Eric Klawitter in Sunday's championship match. Freeman advanced to the semifinals with a 0-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Panayot Kusidi of North Carolina Wesleyan in the first round.
In other singles action, junior Hayden White (Baltimore, Md./Towson) recorded a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Robert Kjelberg of North Carolina Wesleyan in the opening round of the "A" singles flight, before falling to Sean Carr of Case by a score of 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
First-year Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas/ATA College Prep) also posted an opening round win in "B" singles, defeating Rinat Khussainov of NCWC, 7-6 (4), 6-3. He then fell to Viktor Selander of N.C. Wesleyan in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-2.
In doubles action, the team of Roberts and first-year Christopher Hu (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) won their opening match of the "B" flight, defeating Derek Reinbold and Van Lent of Case Western, 8-6. They will take on the CWRU tandem of Will Drougas and Klawitter in the second round on Sunday.
The team of Shamshiri and first-year Michael Goldstein (Chapel Hill, N.C./Baylor School) also won their opener in the "A" double flight, defeating Khussainov and Artsiom Prostak of NCWC, 8-1. The duo then fell to John Healy and Rohan Patel of Case Western Reserve in the second round by a score of 8-5.
Action continues on Sunday morning from the W&L Outdoor Courts.
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