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The Cornerstone Men's tennis team competed at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals this past weekend. Cornerstone was lead by #15 seed junior Elijah Yi, who won 2 rounds in the main draw, before falling to the #2 seed in the round of 16. This was the best main draw result that a Cornerstone player has had in this event.
On Thursday, the Cornerstone Men's & Women's tennis teams will play in the prestigious USTA/ITA Regional, hosted this year by Davenport University. The Regional is the first step in what is the largest and most important singles & doubles tournament in all of college tennis. 12 men's teams will make their way to Grand Rapids to compete. Cornerstone junior Elijah Yi is the #15 seed in the tournament, which is the first time Cornerstone has had a seeded player in the event. In 2012, then freshman Austin Hunt won the consolation bracket of the tournament, winning 5 matches in a row to do so. Tournament play begins at 8:00 am at MVP Athletic Club and continues through Saturday. You can follow along with the results here.
The Cornerstone Men's Tennis team traveled to Fort Wayne, IN today for a double header against the University of St. Francis and Huntington University.
CU Men's Tennis picked up their first win of the spring season with a 6-3 victory of Albion College. Cornerstone started out strong, breaking immediately on all 3 doubles courts and holding on to sweep the doubles early and take the 3-0 lead. Cornerstone was a little shakier in singles, splitting 3 of the 6 singles matches. Getting singles wins were Alex Tarnow, Austin Hunt, and picking up his first collegiate win was newcomer Santiago Mackrey.
The match of the day belonged to Austin Hunt, who won a hard fought 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory at #2 singles. Says Coach Erickson: "I couldn't be happier with the way that Austin fought and competed today. I think this match has the potential to turn around his season."
"We talked before this match how important it was for us to start fast and jump on them right away to set the tone. I was so pleased to see that happen, as we broke serve right away on every doubles court. The guys competed hard and kept up their intensity, which is what I'm looking for. In singles, things were a little rougher. Albion is a tough place to play due to the speed of the courts, but we did enough today to get the 6-3 win, and I'm happy about that. There is still a lot to take away from this match that we need to work on though."
Cornerstone's next action is over spring break, when they take on Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL.