BLACKSBURG, Va. – Members of the Saint Joseph’s men’s tennis team took part in this week’s ITA Atlantic Regional Championships, held at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center at Virginia Tech. Junior Pierre Brondeau had the best performance for SJU, reaching the second round before falling in three sets.
On Friday, Brondeau defeated qualifier Eliott Loubatie of UMBC in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, to move into the second round. There he met 16th-seeded JC Aragone of Virginia, who came away with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 victory on Saturday.
Jose Sierra lost his first round match, 6-2, 6-0, to Georgetown’s Casey Distaso.
Seniors Dan Barrus and Paranjay Malhotra were defeated in qualifying matches for the singles draw on Thursday. Barrus fell to Hicham Belkssir of Temple, 6-1, 6-0, while Malhotra went down 6-2, 7-6 (6) to UMBC’s Biyik Akinshemoyin.
In the opening round of doubles play, Brondeau and Malhotra fell to Shane Korber and Yannik Mahlangu of Georgetown, 8-6, while Barrus and Sierra went down to Jai Corbett and Florian Nicoud of Virginia Tech, 8-2.
The Hawks are idle until January, when the spring semester slate picks up in full force. Saint Joseph’s kicks the semester off on January 25 at Navy.