ELON, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's tennis team opened the 2012 fall season with some impressive results at the Elon Invitational this past weekend.
Senior Matt Waissen won the consolation round of the A2 singles flight. Waissen lost his first match but posted impressive wins in the consolation round. Waissen defeated Randy Phillips of UNC Greensboro, 6-2, 7-5, Brendan Henry of Wake Forest due to injury and downed Steven Billington of Campbell, 6-4, 7-6 (5) to claim the consolation title.
In the A1 singles flight, senior Adrien Langeard advanced to the semifinals before falling. He posted a victory over Fernando Guillen of Campbell, 6-4, 7-5 and stunned Anthony Delcore of Wake Forest, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Langeard fell to top seed Joran Vliefen of East Carolina, 7-5. 6-2.
Freshman Brett Landau made an impact in the tournament. He competed in the C2 singles flight and won twice to get to the finals. Landau rallied for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over James Fudge of Longwood. The Tallahassee native defeated Alfrodo Rodrigue of Old Dominion, 7-5, 6-4. Landau fell in the finals to Hunter Whalen of Coastal Carolina, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
In C1 singles action, Will Goldberg split two matches. He routed J.D. O'Brien of Winthrop, 6-0, 6-0 before falling to Jamie Yates of USC Upstate, 6-2. 6-1.
In the B2 singles flight, the Bulldogs had two players earn a win during the tourney. Freshman Alex Croker earned a 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory over Cameron Smith of UNC Greensboro before losing in the second round. Ryan Matthews lost in the first round but rebounded to defeat Edward Becker of Longwood, 6-4. 6-0.
Highlighting doubles action was the duo of Adrien Langeard and Matt Waissen knocking off the team of Barrett-Terenzio of Old Dominion, 8-3 in the A2 flight. They lost in the semifinals.
In C1 doubles, freshman Alex Croker and Daniel Kripak lost in the first round but recovered to defeat Altieri-O'Brien of Winthrop, 8-1. They advanced to the consolation finals
UNC Asheville will compete next at the Wofford Open the weekend of October 13-14.