Ernesto Ramos (Tampico, Mexico/Instituto Andes) and German Perez (Valencia, Spain/Collegio Helios (UALR)) won the A-1 doubles flight, while Dmitry Vlaskin (Moscow, Russia/Moscow 1201 (Arkansas)) and Plamen Tzvetkov (Herts, United Kingdom/Stanborough) took home the B-2 doubles flight title. The Chants finished 15-9 overall in singles and 5-2 in doubles action.
"I feel good about the weekend as a whole, but we have some areas to improve," Head Coach Chris Powers commented. "We have the ability to accomplish a lot this year, but it is a process."
All doubles action took place Friday, Oct. 10 where Ramos and Perez defeated UMBC's Freidi Voorman and Nick Savage-Pollack 8-6 in the A-1 Flight final. Vlaskin and Tzvetkov defeated UMBC duo Logan Bricker and Jon Dixon 8-5 in the B-2 Flight final.
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In singles play, Tzvetkov played a tight match in the B-1 Flight, but fell to Alex Funkhouser (ODU) 7-6, 7-6 in the final of the B-1. Sophomore Dorian Sovic (Zagreb, Croatia/Sportska Gimnazisa (UALR)) and Vlaskin fell in their semifinal matches, while senior Joseph Withers bowed out in the quarterfinals of the B-3 Flight,
"We have to get our mentally tougher in the close matches and convert the chances that champions aren't afraid to take on the important points," Powers said."This approach is especially important on the big stage coming up at the regional this week."