CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Nathan Perrone advanced to the Fourth Round of the 2019 ITA Atlantic Regional Men's Tennis Championships on Friday. Teammate Eshan Kanetkar earned a singles victory as well on the day, while Perrone and Nickolas Frisk teamed up to advance in the doubles draw.
Perrone, seeded 20th in the main singles draw, gutted out a 7-5, 7-5 win over Nihit Rawal of Morgan State in the Third Round; he is set to take on 10th-seeded Christos Antonopoulous of Penn State on Saturday.
Frisk saw his run come to an end in the Third Round, as he won the first set but ultimately fell to Virginia Tech's Brandon Perez, the 23rd seed, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-1.
The main doubles draw kicked off on Friday as well. Perrone and Frisk teamed up to advance to the Second Round via an 8-0 romp over a pairing from Virginia Tech, but ultimately bowed out after an 8-5 defeat to the 12th-seeded partnership from Navy. Francesco Mowrey and Johnnie Massart fell to a pair from William and Mary in their opening match, 8-3, before suffering an 8-2 defeat in a consolation match to a duo from Morgan State.
In singles consolation play, Kanetkar was a straight-sets winner, topping Davy van Geerke of Hampton, 6-4, 6-4. Elsewhere in the backdraw, Sam Sauter fell to Will Crane of Radford, 6-3, 6-4, Massart went down to VT's Chase Bernstine, 6-2, 6-2, and Luis Janko dropped a three-setter to PSU's Andrei Paduraru, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3.
"The second day of ITA Regionals came with mixed emotions as Nate was able to advance to the Round of 32 by playing a solid match," assistant coach Marc Pibernat said. "Unfortunately, Nicko had a tough loss against a player from Virginia Tech that came with some adversity that was not under his control.
"Tomorrow is a very important day for Nate in the Round of 32, and he will have to bring his best tennis to keep advancing in the draw. We will all be there supporting him to help him advance to the next round."
Perrone will look to extend his stay at the tournament on Saturday morning. His match is tentatively scheduled for 10:30 a.m.