LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - Belmont University men's tennis had six participants in this weekend's Louisville Invitational at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
In Flight A singles, senior Felix Rauch (Osterode, Germany) advanced to the quarterfinals, before a hard-fought tiebreak setback to Tom Moonen of Middle Tennessee.
In Flight C singles, junior Taisei Miyamoto (Chiba, Japan) advanced all the way to the consolation bracket final, before dropping a three-set match to Mritunjay Badola of Kennesaw State.
Over in Flights D singles, junior Jake Briggs (Marietta, Ga.) was an eyelash from the main draw semifinals after a courageous opening win, but fell 11-9 in the tiebreak to James Bell of Louisville.
Freshman Bruno Nunes (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) had two competitive matches in Flight G singles.
In doubles, Briggs and Kelly won the Flight F doubles main draw, defeating a duo from Chicago State, 7-6, in the final. Meanwhile, Rauch and Miyamoto reached the Flight A consolation final.
Faulkner also claimed a dramatic singles' victory Sunday over Max Skaer of Toledo, 4-6, 6-0, 13-11, in non-bracketed play.
Belmont returns to competition in the ITA Ohio Valley Fall Regionals Oct. 24-27.
2019 Louisville Invitational Results
Flight C Singles
Round of 16
Danilo Vukotic (Toledo) def. Taisei Miyamoto (BEL) 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
Taisei Miyamoto (BEL) def. Jeffrey Dewald (UTC) 4-6, 6-2, 10-7
Mritunjay Badola (KSU) def. Taisei Miyamoto (BEL) 6-3, 1-6, 10-2
Flight D Singles
Round of 16
Jake Briggs (BEL) def. Christian Alvin Edison (APSU) 4-6, 7-6, 10-8
James Bell (UL) def. Jake Briggs (BEL) 5-7, 6-2, 11-9
Flight F Singles
Round of 16
Javier Alvarez (WSU) def. Grant Kelly (BEL) 8-5
Srdan Pejic (Xavier) def. David Faulkner (BEL) 8-1
David Faulkner (BEL) def. Anton Damberg (APSU) 7-5, 6-0
Erik Gran (YSU) def. Grant Kelly (BEL) no score reported
David Faulkner (BEL) def. Max Skaer (Toledo) 4-6, 6-0, 13-11
Flight A Doubles
Moonen/Stormon (MT) def. Rauch/Miyamoto (BEL) 7-5
Rauch/Miyamoto (BEL) def. Bednatczyk/Mikrovas (ETSU) 6-2
Caffarena/Garcia Nieto (LIP) def. Rauch/Miyamoto (BEL) 6-3
Flight F Doubles
Briggs/Kelly (BEL) def. Kuroki/Nevenhoven (UTC) 6-3
Briggs/Kelly (BEL) def. Zipoli/Macaluso (Xavier) 6-0
Briggs/Kelly (BEL) def. Suler/Plaza (CSU) 7-6
Flight G Doubles
Faulkner/Nunes (BEL) def. Johnson/Berglund (Bellarmine) 6-0
Charbonneau/Riera (EIU) def. Faulkner/Nunes (BEL) 7-5