NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a weekend of firsts for the Lehigh men’s tennis program as sophomores Ben Gilman and Mitchell Petersen competed at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships at Yale’s Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Both players were placed directly in the main draw, and Gilman delivered the Mountain Hawks’ first-ever ITA win in the championship bracket on Friday.
Both Gilman and Petersen did not have to go through qualifying and were placed directly in the main singles draw. Gilman pulled off his historic win in Friday’s first singles round, defeating Charlie Carrera of St. Peter’s 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Gilman played another three set match on Saturday, but was ousted by Damien David of Buffalo 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
Petersen dropped his opening match in straight sets to Rick Timmerman of Stony Brook, but rallied for an impressive win in the consolation singles bracket, prevailing in a third set ten point tiebreak to defeat Dan Hirschberg of Brown 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.
In doubles action, Gilman and Petersen lost their only match 8-3 to Xander Centenari and Cameron Ghorbani of Dartmouth.
The Mountain Hawks will wrap-up their fall season next weekend when they host a second Lehigh Fall Invitational Friday through Sunday on the Goodman Campus.
Lehigh Results at USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals
Ben Gilman - Singles
W Charlie Carrera (St. Peter’s) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
L Damien David (Buffalo) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Mitchell Petersen - Singles
L Rick Timmerman (Stony Brook) 6-4, 6-4
W Dan Hirschberg (Brown) 2-6, 6-2, 10-8
Gilman/Petersen - Doubles
L Xander Centenari/Cameron Ghorbani (Dartmouth) 8-3