FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Franklin & Marshall men's tennis team made a pair of appearances in B draw championship matches at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon. Pedro Norte advanced to the B2 singles championship while Norte and Anthony Casale appeared in the B1 doubles championship match.
Norte had a thrilling semifinal win against Gianluca Beaujon of Salisbury as he won a 13-11 10-point tiebreak after a convincing 6-2 win during his second set. Norte's run through the singles bracket closed in the championship match where he dropped a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 battle.
Casale and Norte cruised into the championship match with a dominant 8-2 win against Mary Washington before falling to a doubles team from Grove City. Casale was also solid in singles action as he won matches against Mary Washington and Christopher Newport to capture the B5 consolation championship.
Justin Pace was also involved in championship singles consolation action on Saturday. After a tough opening round match on Friday, Pace received a walkover victory to start his day before a strong 6-2, 6-0 victory versus Michael Miller.
The ITA Southeast Regional Championship concludes the fall portion of the competition schedule for the men's tennis team. When the Diplomats return to the courts in the spring they will play the majority of their schedule in the team dual format. The spring schedule will be finalized in the coming months.
Adrian Charchalis - Championship Singles
Round of 64: Lost vs. Russell Willenborg (Salisbury) 7-6 (6), 6-2
Justin Pace - Championship Singles
Round of 64: Lost vs. Cole Tecce (Mary Washington) 7-6, 6-4
Consolation 1: Walkover vs. Abhinav Nallopareddy (Haverford)
Consolation 2: Won vs. Michael Miller (Mount), 6-2, 6-0
Tristan Steffe - Championship Singles
Round of 64: Lost vs. Georgie Jiang (Haverford) 6-3, 7-6 (7)
Consolation 1: Lost vs. #9 James Yu (Johns Hopkins), 6-1, 6-1
Pedro Norte - B2 Singles
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Michael Odrey (Grove City) 6-3, 6-2
Semifinals: Won vs. Gianluca Beaujon (Salisbury), 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11)
Championship: Lost vs. James Kurani (Washington & Lee), 6-4, 6-4
Isaac Rockower - B3 Singles
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Francis Cabaddu (Virginia Wesleyan) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (5)
Consolation semifinal: Lost vs. Matthew Dubuque (Christopher Newport), 6-4, 7-5
Anthony Casale - B5 Singles
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Luke McMullen (Salisbury) 6-3, 6-3
Consolation semifinal: Won vs. Priyan Desilva (Mary Washington)
Consolation finals: Won vs. Dawson Driscoll (Christopher Newport), 6-4, 6-2
Anthony Casale/Pedro Norte - B1 Doubles
Round of 16: Won vs. Robert Ritchie/Darby Rogers (Ursinus)
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Evgeniy Bogdararyan/Jorge Figueroa (Averett) 8-7 (5)
Semifinals: Won vs. Foster Evans/Drew Campbell (Mary Washington), 8-2
Championship: Lost vs. Karsten Lagerquist/Ryne Talko (Grove City)