VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Saint Joseph's men's tennis team kicked off its fall slate at the Villanova Invitational on Friday.  Three two-man squads came away with victories in the first day of play.

In the Blue Draw, senior Peter Dewitt and junior Dan Tan swept their three matches to move into the winners' draw.  The pair combined for a 7-6 (8) doubles win over a pair from Wagner before each claiming 6-4, 6-4 wins in singles play.

Junior Michael Santa Lucia and freshman Sam Sauter combined for a three-match sweep in the White Draw, grabbing a 6-2 doubles win over a pair from Lafayette before Santa Lucia rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 singles win and Sauter took an 8-5 result in his singles match.

Junior Alexander Schneider partnered with freshman Alex MacNeil to sweep a twosome from Lafayette in the Round Robin Draw.  The pair earned an 8-4 win in doubles play before taking 8-6 and 8-1 singles wins, respectively.

MacNeil went on to grab a singles win in a later match as well, but he and Schneider fell to a team from La Salle.

Sophomore Beekman Schaeffer grabbed a 6-4, 6-2 singles victory in Champions Draw play, but he and freshman Johnnie Massart went down to a duo from Villanova, two matches to one.

Play continues in all flights on Saturday.

Villanova Invitational Day 1 Results

Blue Draw

Peter Dewitt / Dan Tan (SJU) def. Eric Poland / Dylan Walters (Wagner), 7-6 (8)
Dewitt (SJU) def. Walters (WAG), 6-4, 6-4
Tan (SJU) def. Poland (WAG), 6-4, 6-4
Saint Joseph's wins, 3-0

William Elmore / Tommy Mulflur (Villanova) def. Johnnie Massart / Beekman Schaeffer (SJU), 6-1
Mulflur (VU) def. Massart (SJU), 7-5, 6-3
Schaeffer (SJU) def. Elmore (VU), 6-4, 6-2
Villanova wins, 2-1

Andre Felix / Antoine Gautier (Chestnut Hill) def. Andre Fick / Luis Janko (SJU), 7-5
Felix (CHC) def. Fick (SJU), 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 (STB)
Gautier (CHC) def. Janko (SJU), 9-8 (0)
Chestnut Hill wins, 3-0

White Draw

Michael Santa Lucia / Sam Sauter (SJU) def. Brandt Baldwin / Daniel Kramer (Lafayette), 6-2
Santa Lucia (SJU) def. Kramer (LC), 6-4, 6-3
Sauter (SJU) def. Baldwin (LC), 8-5
Saint Joseph's wins, 3-0

Ilya Kneppelhout / Hans Ohrner (WAG) def. Scott Battaglia / Nick Ringle (SJU), 6-3
Ohrner (WAG) def. Battaglia (SJU), 6-2, 6-1
Kneppelhout (WAG) def. Ringle (SJU), 8-2
Wagner wins, 3-0

Round Robin Draw

Alex MacNeil / Alexander Schneider (SJU) def. Drew Rooks / Noah Schott (LC), 8-4
Schneider (SJU) def. Rooks (LC), 8-6
MacNeil (SJU) def. Schott (LC), 8-1
Saint Joseph's wins, 3-0

Joe DiOrio / Patrick Pascual (La Salle) def. MacNeil/Schneider (SJU), 8-7 (6)
DiOrio (LAS) def. Schneider (SJU), 8-3
MacNeil (SJU) def. Pascual (LAS), 8-5
La Salle wins, 2-1

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