by Ed Beach
Drury men’s tennis had two doubles teams reach the ITA Midwest Regional semifinals with one advancing to the championship round while a third doubles squad got to the finals in the “B” Flight in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday.
Nico Hadeler and Gregor Kokalj won their semifinal match against Adrian Lessing and Karl Heinrichs 8-2 of Missouri-St. Louis then lost to Dario Huber and Renato Lima from Indianapolis 6-3, 6-2 for the regional championship. Hadeler and Kokalj were the top seed in the bracket while Huber and Lima were seeded second.
It was nearly an all-Drury finals, however, as Drury’s Augustin Diot and Paul Porcher played Huber and Lima to a tie-breaker in their single-set match in the semifinal round. Diot and Porcher, seeded sixth in the tournament, were edged 9-8.
In the “B” Flight, Drury’s team of Isaac Ogilvy and Lukas Stierling defeated UMSL’s pairing of Ben-Hur Kasparak and Nathan Pinto 9-7 in the semifinals, then lost to Levent Evyapan and Gregory Kvent from Purdue-Northwest 8-5.
Drury’s doubles teams went a combined 11-3 in the three-day ITA Midwest Regional tournament. The event allows for singles and doubles teams compete individually for regional and national championships.
The Drury men’s tennis team starts their regular season Feb. 7 against Cameron at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.