NASHVILLE, Tn — The Belmont men's tennis team went 11-7 in singles and 8-4 in doubles at the Commodore Scramble over the weekend.
This tournament was a good chance for Belmont to get some competitive matches in the books before the spring season, as the players faced guys from the ACC and SEC, as well as guys from in town rival Lipscomb and OVC rival Tennessee Tech.
Reigning OVC Coach of the Year, Mauricio Antun had this to say about last weekend's tournament:
"I thought we had a pretty good weekend. Our first day was the toughest one due to the fact that many of our guys had not played a competitive match since the end of the spring. Even though we did some practice matches during the past couple weeks, nothing can really simulate the feeling of a real match other than actually playing one. But I was proud of how we bounced back after a few losses and managed to finish the weekend a lot better than when we started. Now we need to keep working and learn from what worked and what didn't work this week in order to get better."
The participants for Belmont in Singles play were Jake Briggs, Hendrik Inno, Marko Ilic, Adam Rudowski, and Joan Valy. Jake Briggs and Hendrik Inno ended up 3 for 4, while Adam Rudowski and Joan Valy went 2 for 3, and Marko Ilic went 1 for 4.
Sophomore Jake Briggs gave a stellar performance in this tournament in which he defeated Vanderbilt's Vikram Chari, Louisville's George Hedley, and senior transfer at Belmont, Joan Valy. It was only in the singles draw B final in which he lost to Vanderbilt's Marcus Ferriera in three close sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-4).
Junior Hendrik Inno went 3 for 4 in singles play during the Commodore Scramble. He lost in his first match to Federico Gomez of the University of Louisville (UL) in straight sets but then came back and won three matches in a row, including a match against Louisville's Fabien Salle, in which he won the second set 6-0 and the third set 6-2.
The doubles groups that participated for Belmont were Hendrik Inno and Marko Ilic, Jake Briggs and Adam Rudowski, and Joan Valy, who was paired with guys from Vanderbilt. Inno / Ilic won 3 out of 4 matches, while Briggs / Rudowski went 2 for 2 and Valy, being paired with players from Vanderbilt, went 3 for 4.
Inno / Ilic, the guaranteed doubles duo for the spring season, had a tough first round in which they lost in a close 7-5 set to a duo from Vanderbilt, but then they quickly went back into form as the tournament rolled on, winning three matches in a row, including against a duo from in town rival, Lipscomb.
The next event involving Belmont will be Hendrik Inno competing in the ITA Masters from Thursday, September 20, through Saturday, September 22, at the Malibu Raquette Club in Malibu, California.