Busy weekend on tap for Lehigh men's tennis
Posted: 10/14/2011 | Last updated: October 14, 2011 at 08:47 AM
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The final weekend of fall play will be a busy one for the Lehigh men’s tennis team as the Mountain Hawks have divided their squad to play in two events. Sophomore Mark Goldberg and freshman Mitchell Petersen are competing at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals in Ithaca, N.Y., while the rest of the Mountain Hawks will host the Lehigh Tennis Invitational on the Goodman Campus.
Goldberg and Petersen have earned the right to compete against some of the region’s top players. Lehigh opened its fall season last month at the Georgetown Classic. Petersen is one of the Mountain Hawks who excelled at Georgetown. He played his opening match at the ITA Championships on Thursday, but dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Francis Bertrand of Stony Brook. Goldberg qualified for the main draw and will open with Joseph Dube of Marist, with the winner scheduled to play Stefan Bojik of St. John’s.
The Lehigh duo will also play doubles on Friday, with a first round match against Ian Tesmond and Dennis Zlobinsky of Fairfield.
The remaining Mountain Hawks will welcome five men’s teams to campus to get some extra matches in before the fall season concludes. Lehigh will be joined by Delaware, Loyola (Md.), St. Francis (Pa.), Buffalo and Patriot League foe Bucknell. Action will begin Friday afternoon in the Lewis Tennis Center, and will run through Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, at the Lewis Tennis Center and on the Ulrich Varsity Courts.
Head coach Dave Shook will get a close look at returning veterans Andrew Krentz and Matt Savran, plus freshmen Ben Gilman and Dan Goldblum among the seven Mountain Hawk men remaining in Bethlehem this weekend.
The tentative schedule has Lehigh opening up the weekend playing doubles and singles matches against Loyola, Friday at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, Lehigh’s men will play singles and doubles against St. Francis beginning at 1 p.m. and doubles against Bucknell at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning Lehigh will conclude the busy weekend with singles and doubles matches against Delaware beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Lehigh and Loyola are the only teams on Friday’s schedule. The first rounds of matches on both Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9 a.m.