MERION STATION, Pa. – The 11th annual SJU Men's Tennis Invitational concluded on Sunday afternoon, with members of the Saint Joseph's squad turning in strong performances in singles play. Junior Nathan Perrone claimed the top flight title over teammate Nickolas Frisk.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Three of the four top-flight semifinalists were in Crimson and Gray. Perrone started the day with a 6-7 (7), 6-3, 10-7 come-from-behind win over Zack Elliott of Lehigh to reach the final. He would meet Frisk after the junior topped graduate student Francesco Mowrey, 4-6, 6-2, 10-5, in their semifinal.
• Perrone then won the championship match 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
• In the fourth singles flight, junior Sam Sauter fell in his semifinal match, 6-2, 6-2, to eventual flight champion Daniel Martinez of Villanova.
"It was an excellent weekend for us on Hawk Hill," assistant coach Marc Pibernat said. "We were able to secure Flight 1 since Nathan and Nickolas had the difficult task of facing each other in the final; the same thing happened in the semifinal between Nickolas and Francesco Mowrey. Sam Sauter had a great tournament in Flight 4, reaching the semis and playing great tennis, as did Nickolas and Johnnie Massart and reaching the semis on Friday in Flight 1 of doubles.
"Today as a coach it was not easy to see my players face each other. Everyone, including the players that played and the ones that were off the court showed tremendous composure respecting and supporting one another. We showed a good level of tennis and good signs as a team in back-to-back tournaments. Starting Tuesday our minds will be completely focused on ITA Regionals, which is by far the most important event of the Fall."
The Hawks will be idle until the ITA Regional Championships begin on October 17.
For full results from the SJU Invitational, visit Tournament Central.
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