Borja falls in semi-finals, doubles teams struggle at USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional

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Men’s tennis competed at the USTA/ITA Atlan- tic Regionals last month in Erie.
Edinboro's tennis team played hard

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

The United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Atlantic Regional championship was only the second time the Edinboro men’s tennis team played competitive tennis this season.

Despite that lack of competition experience this year, head men’s and women’s tennis coach, Lee Underwood, would have liked to see more from his team.

“We had some good play, but was it as good as I hoped? No,” Underwood admitted in a phone interview last Sunday.

“It would have been nice to get some guys in the semis to see what would have happened. We quite didn’t make it that far. We had high hopes. We did well, but we felt like we could have done better.”

Bruno Borja made it the farthest of any Scot in the tournament, which was held at Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie back on Sept. 26 through Sept. 28.

The sophomore from Brazil advanced to the semi-finals of the singles bracket before losing to Jacob Carey of Bluefield State (6-4, 6-2), who is Bluefield State’s top player and also was the defending champion of the event.

In the doubles competition, the teams of Borja/ Brandon Romain and Matias Aignasse/Juan Estepa both advanced to the second round before being ousted by tandems from West Virgina Wesleyan and Bluefield State, respectively.

“Our doubles teams lost soundly in the second round,” Underwood said. “We did not play well there. That’s the way our doubles teams have gone. Either they play well or they don’t play well. They haven’t been able to maintain a high level of consistency where they play well.”

The event also featured a “B” tournament as well that allowed more individuals to compete. However, only players competing in the main brackets could qualify for the national tournament.

Anmol Sandhu and Raffaele Fusulan both advanced of the quarterfinals of the “B” bracket before falling in straight sets.

“We had some bright spots,” Underwood said of his team’s play. “Anmol Sandhu played real well in the match he had. The guy he lost to won in the finals. Raffaele Fusulan played very, very well. He lost to a guy that eventually made it to the finals.”

The men’s tennis team battles John Carroll University this Saturday, Oct. 11 beginning at noon for the squad’s last match before the winter hiatus.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com