January 20, 2012
    Hokies have solid day at Larsen Bowker Invite
    Tech secures nine wins on opening day

    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech men’s tennis team won six singles matches and three doubles matches on the opening day of the Larsen Bowker Invitational hosted by the Hokies at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Va. Joining the Hokies in the event are players from Columbia, Davidson and Middle Tennessee State.

    No. 58 ranked Luka Somen picked up a win for the Hokies in the Flight A singles defeating Columbia’s No. 40 Haig Schneiderman in straight sets with scores of 6-2, 6-1.

    In the Flight B singles, Tech’s No. 71 ranked Lucas Oliveira claimed a 7-5, 6-2 decision over the Lions’ Nathanial Gery, 7-5, 6-2.

    The Hokies secured four wins in the C flight as Corrado Degl’ Incerti Tocci defeated Columbia’s Tizian Bucher, 6-4, 6-3. Tech’s Jonathan Pine defeated Davidson’s Connor Evins, 6-1, 6-1 while Kevin Castellow also picked up a win over a Davidson player with a 6-4, 6-3 decision against Roger Irigoyen.

    Marko Lovrinovic claimed a hard fought three set battle against Columbia’s Cyril Bucher in the C flight with a score of 7-6(4) in the opening set. Lovrinovic fell 6-1 in the second set before battling back to secure the match, 6-3.

    Tech’s No. 51 pair of Tocci and Somen picked up a win in the Flight A doubles, defeating Columbia’s Gery and Tizian Bucher, 8-5.

    The Hokies claimed both B flight doubles matches. Patrick Daciek teamed up with Lovrinovic to defeat Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur, 9-8(2). Mauricio Antun and Trpimir Kujundzic paired up for a win over Columbia’s Bert Vancura and Rajeev Deb-Sen, 8-4.

    The format places players into three singles flights and two doubles flights. Flight A singles will be each teams’ No. 1 and 2 seeds. In Flight B will be the No. 3 and 4 seeds and Flight C will have No. 5-8 seeds. There will be no team scoring in the event and winners in each flight will be determined by a point system.

    Play will resume on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The Hokies will take the court at 4 p.m.

    Flight A
    #58 Luka Somen (VT) def. #40 Haig Schneiderman (COL) 6-2, 6-1
    Winston Lin (COL) def. Patrick Daciek (VT) 6-4, 7-5

    Flight B
    #71 Lucas Oliveira (VT) def. Nathanial Gery (COL) 7-5, 6-2
    Ashok Narayana (COL) def. Mauricio Antun (VT) 6-4, 6-4

    Flight C
    Bert Vancura (COL) def. Trpimir Kujundzic (VT) 6-3, 6-1
    Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci (VT) def. Tizian Bucher (COL) 6-4, 6-3
    Marko Lovrinovic (VT) def. Cyril Bucher (COL) 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3
    John Yetimoglu (COL) def. Zachary Pine (VT) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
    Jon Pine (VT) def. Connor Evins (Davidson) 6-1, 6-1
    Kevin Castellow (VT) def. Roger Irigoyen (Davidson) 6-4, 6-3

    Flight A
    #51 Somen/Tocci (VT) def. T. Bucher/Gery (COL) 8-5
    Schneiderman/Lin (COL) def. Hunter Koontz/Oliveira (VT) 9-8(5)

    Flight B
    Daciek/Lovrinovic (VT) def. Narayana/Max Schnur (COL) 9-8(2)
    Antun/Kujundzic (VT) def. Vancura/Rajeev Deb-Sen (COL) 8-4

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