13 Dec 2021 | 09:10 | TENNIS
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Villanova began competition at the ITA Atlantic Regional on a strong note with four players advancing out of the first round of the main singles draw. Sophomores Josh Robinson (Potomac, Md.), Anthony Prokurat (Manalapan, N.J.) and Eitan Khromchenko (Manalapan, N.J.) along with freshman Trey Fourticq (Los Angeles, Calif.) all won their first matches of the tournament in straight sets and advanced to the round of 64 with those victories. There are a total of nine Wildcats competing at the Atlantic Regional which is being hosted by Navy.
Fourticq and Prokurat were both on the court at 9 a.m. when matches in the singles round of 128 got underway. The first matches in the round of 64 were due to be played later in the afternoon on Thursday and those results have not yet been reported. Also yet to start is competition in the doubles draw round of 64 in which Villanova has four teams entered.
In the Thursday morning matches Fourticq and Prokurat each posted wins over opponents from George Mason. Fourticq advanced past Momin Khan with a 6-3, 6-1 decision and Prokurat defeated Erick Rivas by set scores of 6-3 and 6-4. Later in the day Robinson tallied a 6-0, 6-1 win over Andres Ballesteros from the host Midshipmen and Khromchenko was a 6-0, 6-4 winner against Giovanni Abriola of Mount St. Mary’s.
There are 16 teams from the Atlantic Region entered in this week’s regional tournament which features both a main draw and a consolation draw. Players who reach the quarterfinal round in singles or the semifinal round in doubles will move on to the Super Regional next weekend at Old Dominion. The field of teams for this week’s competition includes the Wildcats and host Navy along with Coppin State, Delaware, Duquesne, George Mason, Georgetown, Howard, Loyola (Md.), Morgan State, Mount St. Mary’s, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, VCU and Virginia.
Villanova went 4-5 overall in play on Thursday. Junior Justin Suarez (Manila, Phillipines) fell in a 7-5, 6-0 decision against Nassim Fenjiro from Saint Joseph’s and senior Matthew Jones (Dallas, Texas) was defeated by Jin Dassanayake of Duquesne by a result of 6-0, 7-6 (5). Also playing early on Thursday were junior Alex Kim (Cary, N.C.) who fell by scores of 6-2 and 6-2 to Alexander Karman of Penn State as well as sophomore Noah Winton (Columbia, Mo.) who lost a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Scott Bickel of Georgetown. The final Wildcats player to begin competition was sophomore Ryan Nguyen (Oakton, Va.) who was narrowly edged by Dustin Ha from George Mason in a 7-6 (3), 6-4 loss.
Looking ahead to the round of 64 in the singles draw, Robinson will match up with Sergiu Medesan from Coppin State and Fourticq will face James Wilkinson from Delaware. The other two matches for Villanova include Prokurat squaring off against Bora Sengul from Penn State and Khromchenko facing Mikeal Carpenter from Morgan State. Each of the five Wildcats who will play in the consolation singles draw will competed in the consolation round of 64 in their next matches.
ITA ATLANTIC REGIONAL
October 14, 2021
Hosted by Navy
MAIN DRAW SINGLES – ROUND OF 128 (matches played on Thursday morning and afternoon)
Josh Robinson (Villanova) defeated Andres Ballesteros (Navy): 6-0, 6-1
Trey Fourticq (Villanova) defeated Momin Khan (George Mason): 6-3, 6-1
Nassim Fenjiro (Saint Joseph’s) defeated Justin Suarez (Villanova): 7-5, 6-0
Anthony Prokurat (Villanova) defeated Erick Rivas (George Mason) 6-3, 6-4
Jin Dassanayake (Duquesne) defeated Matthew Jones (Villanova): 6-0, 7-6 (5)
Alexander Karman (Penn State) defeated Alex Kim (Villanova) 6-2, 6-2
Scott Bickel (Georgetown) defeated Noah Winton (Villanova): 6-3, 6-2
Eitan Khromchenko (Villanova) defeated Giovanni Abriola (Mount St Mary’s) 6-0, 6-4
Dustin Ha (George Mason) defeated Ryan Nguyen (Villanova) 7-6 (3), 6-4
MAIN DRAW DOUBLES – ROUND OF 64 (matches yet to be played)
Matthew Jones/Josh Robinson (Villanova) vs. Kawunde/Rankins (Morgan State)
Anthony Prokurat/Justin Suarez (Villanova) vs. Marshall/Dassanayake (Duquesne)
Eitan Khromchenko/Trey Fourticq (Villanova) vs. Sato/Janes (Penn State)
Alex Kim/Ryan Nguyen (Villanova) vs. Jentoft/Nakaurai (George Mason)
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