FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater men's tennis team was in action Saturday on the first day of the ITA Atlantic South region tournament at the University of Mary Washington.
Brandon Larsen and Kyle Hartfield both competed in the championship singles draw and both lost in the opening round of 64. Larsen dropped a 6-0-. 6-3 decision to Johns Hopkins' player Mike Buxbaum. Hartfield lost by scores of 6-0, 6-3 to Eric Spangler.
Larsen moved on in the consolation bracket with an 8-3 victory over Roanoke's Joey Ross, but Hartfield lost his consolation match, 8-6, to Mary Washington's Stratton Gilmore.
Mike Cable picked up a first-round victory at the No 5 flight with a three-set victory over Randolph-Macon's Brantley Stein. Cable won the first set 6-3 before dropping the second set 6-3. Cable outlasted his opponent in the third set tiebreaker 11-9.
Sam Churchill dropped a tough three-set match at the No. 3 singles flight to Juniata's Justin Wisniewski. Churchill took the first set 6-4, but Wisniewski batted back to even the match with a 6-4 win in the second set. Wisniewski won a close third-set tiebreaker 10-8.
In other singles action, Christian Lynn dropped his match in the No. 1 flight to Noah Joachim of Johns Hopkins 6-4, 6-2. At No. 6 singles, Drew Hubble dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to York's Jake Greenstein.
All three of Bridgewater's doubles teams played in the championship flight and each lost in the opening round. The Larsen-Hartfield duo lost 8-4 while the Lynn-Cable pairing dropped an 8-3 decision. Churchill and his partner Thomas Rishcoff lost 8-2.
The three doubles teams moved to the consolation bracket where Larsen and Hartfield moved on with an 8-2 victory. Churchill and Rishcoff will also play Sunday in the consolation round after receiving a bye. The team of Lynn and Cable were eliminated after losing in the consolations, 8-3.