KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago men's tennis team carried Friday's momentum over into Saturday with another impressive group performance at day two of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championships on Saturday.
The Maroons put three of their doubles teams into the semifinals and five singles players into the quarterfinals. Overall, UChicago went 13-2 in singles and 6-0 in doubles on the day.
Top-seeded sophomore Erik Kerrigan and freshman Alejandro Rodriguez both went 2-0 with straight-set wins. Freshman Jeremy Yuan joined them in the quarters after rallying back for a three-set victory in his second match.
Junior Charlie Pei had one of the most impressive results of the day when he took down No. 2-seed Johnny Wu of Washington University – St. Louis by scores of 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. He will next take on sophomore teammate Ninan Kumar, who blanked his Round of 16 opponent 6-0, 6-0.
The No. 1-seed duo of Kerrigan/Kumar made quick work of their competition with wins of 8-2 and 8-1. Sophomore Tyler Raclin and Yuan also went 2-0, which included a 9-7 win over the No. 3 seeds from Kenyon College. Kerrigan/Kumar and Raclin/Yuan will play each other in Sunday's semifinals.
Sophomore Abhin Sharma and Lee also advanced to the semis with 8-2 and 8-5 wins.
"Once again today, we were able to come from behind to finish off the close matches against very good teams," Head Coach Jay Tee said. "Winning those matches is obviously a positive, but I'm thrilled that we played on our terms and didn't simply wait for the other guys to lose; we went out and took it. We've put ourselves in good positions to win championships, but now the hard work really begins and we have to play better under even more pressure."
- Sunday-Monday, Oct. 1-2 – UChicago at ITA Central Regional (Kalamazoo, Mich.)