Lehigh Wins Both Draws at Fall-Opening Villanova Invitational

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VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania – As part of a strong start to the fall season, the Lehigh teams won both championship flights at the Villanova Invitational, which ended on Sunday. The three-day event featured brackets with pairings playing a best 2-of-3 series that consisted of a double game and two singles.

Senior Zack Elliott teamed up with freshman Marc Blekhman to win the Blue Draw while the second Jordan Paul and junior Michael Bukhalo won the White Draw.

Participating teams included the opponents of the Patriot League, Colgate and Loyola, as well as Saint Joseph’s, Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore and hosts Villanova. Paul and Bukhalo’s run for the title consisted of a 3-0 win and three 2-1 wins. Bukhalo won a super tiebreak in the third set to take the title against a team from Villanova.

In the Blue Draw, juniors Matt Kleiman and Jeremy Learner dropped their opening round game but came back to ninth place. In the White Draw the seniors Gary Fishkin and Andrew Nakhjavan shared their four matches and finished sixth.

The results of the Lehigh players are shown below.

The Mountain Hawks are next hosting the Lehigh Invitational September 18-19 at the Ulrich Varsity Courts and the Lewis Tennis Center.

Blue tie
Zack Elliott / Marc Blekhman (1st place)
Def. Levinson / Romig (Colgate) 3-0
Doubles: Won 6-2
Singles: Elliott def. Levinson 7-6 (4), 6-2
Single: Blekhman def. Creamy 8-3
Def.Fourticq / Choi (Villanova) 3-0
Doubles: won 6-1
Singles: Elliott def. Fourticq 8-5
Single: Blekhman def. Choi 6-1, 6-2
Def: T. Yu / J. Yu (Johns Hopkins) 3-0
Doubles: Won by default
Singles: Elliott def. T. Yu by default
Single: Blekhman def. J. Yu 8-4
Def. Reddy / Ardilla (Johns Hopkins) 2-1
Doubles: lost 6-4
Singles: Elliott def. Reddy 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Sings: Blekhman def. Ardilla 7-5, 6-0

Matt Kleiman / Jeremy Learner (9th place)
L to Perrone / Kanetkar (Saint Joseph’s) 2-1
Doubles: won 6-4
Single: Perrone def. Kleman 6-3, 6-1
Singles: Kanetkar def. Learners 6-2, 6-2
Def.Selati / Gupta (Colgate) 2-1
Doubles: lost 6-4
Single: Kleiman def. Selati 4-6, 6-4, 10-6
Singles: learner def. Gupta 6-1, 6-4
Def.Gupta / Thomas (Colgate) 2-1
Doubles: lost 6-4
Single: Kleiman def. Gupta 8-4
Singles: learner def. Thomas 8-4
Def.Wong / Criss (Swarthmore) 2-1
Doubles: won 7-5
Single: Wong def. Kleman 8-3
Singles: learner def. Criss 8-2

White tie
vs. Jordan Paul / Michael Bukhalo (1st place)
Def. Pribitkin / Cardano (Loyola) 2-1
Doubles: 7-5. lost
Singles: Paul def. Pribitkin 6-3, 6-4
Single: Bukhalo def. Kardano 6-3, 6-4
Def. Fenjiro / MacNeil (Saint Joseph’s) 3-0
Doubles: won 6-4
Singles: Paul def. Fenjiro by default
Single: Bukhalo def. MacNeil 6-3, 6-2
Def. Winton / Jones (Villanova) 2-1
Doubles: won 7-5
Singles: Paul def. Winton 6-1, 6-0
Singles: Jones def. Buchalo 8-4
Def. Public Prosecutor / Suarez (Villanova) 2-1
Doubles: won 7-5
Single: Prokurat def. Paul by default
Single: Bukhalo def. Suarez 3-6, 6-3, 10-6

Gary Fiskhin / Andrew Nakhjavan (6th place)
Def. Hellinger / Charanjiva (Johns Hopkins) 2-1
Doubles: 7-6 (5) lost
Single: Fishkin def. Hellinger 3-6, 6-1, 10-3
Singles: Nakhjavan def. Charanjiva 6-4, 6-4
L to Rompre / Quintana (Loyola) 2-1
Doubles: lost 6-2
Single: Rompre def. Fish skin 6-3, 3-6, 12-10
Singles: Nakhjavan def. Quintana 6-3, 1-6, 10-7
Def. Vlassis / Potter (Collate)
Doubles: won 6-1
Single: Fishkin def. Vlassis 8-1
Singles: Potter def. Post Javan by default
L to Israel / Weitz (Colgate) 2-1
Doubles: Won 6-2
Single: Israel def. Checkering 8-2
Single: Weitz def. Post Javanese 8-6

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