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Charlotte's Coy Simon.

The Charlotte men’s tennis team headed out to Cary, N.C., to compete at the ITA Carolina Regionals from Oct. 21-23. It was the fifth invitational of the season so far.

At its peak, Charlotte reached the Quarterfinals out of 128 players in singles.

Doubles

Two pairs of 49ers participated in the event during the doubles matches, but neither found much success against the competition.

Sophomore Vasco Prata and redshirt sophomore Coy Simon battled N.C. State’s Braden Shick and Damien Salvestre to a 2-1 loss in the match. Charlotte took the first set by two points, but the Wolfpack bore its teeth and carried the latter two to win.

Against the Presbyterian College (Pres.) Blue Hose, freshman Ivan Dreycopp and sophomore Brett Gloria went down in three after taking the first set by two points.

Singles

Charlotte performed capably in singles matches, two of which advanced to the second round.

Prata faced down Alejandro Solares of Davidson in round one, carrying the match in two sets by three and five-point margins. 

Casey Hoole of the University of South Carolina (USC) bested Prata in two sets by four or more points in the second round.

Similarly, freshman Aditya Narayanan fought to a close victory over Lucas Da Silva of USC. 

Despite a 6-0 loss in the second set, Narayanan earned a one-point lead in the first and four points in the third to carry the match.

For the second round, competition from Elon’s Daniel Martin led to a challenging three-set game that ended in Elon’s favor. Charlotte took the second of the three sets.

Behind the leading edge, senior Abhimanyu Vannemreddy went down in two to Carlos Berna Ruiz from Coastal Carolina University (CCU). 

Gloria couldn’t fend off Duke’s Faris Khan in singles with a loss in two sets, the first by five points. 

Dreycopp fell to Presbyterian College’s Milanovic in two by three and two points, respectively, and Simon rounded out the 49ers lineup in a loss against Ryuhei Azuma of Clemson by three or more points in each of two sets.

Consolation draw

In consolation matches, Charlotte saw the best of its weekend with a quarterfinal finish and two second-round appearances.

At the forefront of the 49ers’ efforts, Dreycopp battled his way through four rounds. The first, against Davidson’s William Clark, saw a two-set victory; he followed it up with a two-set win over Tomas Balazi from Campbell University. Then, against Wake Forest’s Adam Duan, Dreycopp carried the match with two sets.

It was USC’s Da Silva that brought down Dreycopp’s charge. 

Da Silva won the first set 6-4, but Dreycopp fought back in a 2-6 second set to tie the match. A 1-0 third decided the stalemate in favor of USC.

Close behind, Simon earned a solid first-round victory over Numa Lemieux-Monnette from Gardner-Webb in two sets, each 6-3. 

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), represented by Alex Degabriele, offered the next challenge; Degabriele won in three sets, carrying the second by 7-5 and the third by 1-0 over Simon.

Vannemreddy fell to Will Fullett of Wofford College in three sets after a brief lead with a 4-6 in the first, and Gloria finished off Charlotte’s weekend in a two-set loss to UNCW’s Richard Mallory.

Takeaways

The performances by freshman Dreycopp and redshirt sophomore Simon are very encouraging for the program’s future. 

While nobody made it to the semifinals or final round, the chance for them to develop over future seasons could help elevate men’s tennis at Charlotte for some time.

For Prata and Narayanan, this being their first regional contest appearances, their performances were solid and showed they could be competitive on a region-wide level. Charlotte will be lucky to have them if they continue to perform or even improve.

Next up

The Charlotte men’s tennis team heads to Winston Salem on Friday, Oct. 28, to begin the Wake Forest Fall Invitational, running through Sunday, Oct. 30.