CARY, N.C.. - Junior Philip Mobius compiled a 3-1 weekend to lead VCU men's tennis at the James Bonk Invite hosted by Duke. Four Rams combined for a 8-8 record in singles draws, while two pairs combined for a 2-4 mark in doubles to kick off the fall schedule.
In the B Singles draw, Mobius defeated North Carolina's Ladd Harrison 7-6 (1), 6-2, Louisville's Ciro Lampasas 7-6 (6), 6-4, and Auburn's Alex Masciolo 6-2, 6-1. Also competing in the B draw, senior Louis Ishizaka had a 2-2 weekend, taking down Charlotte's Oriol Puig Forne 6-4, 6-0, and North Carolina's Kavir Kumar 6-2, 6-3.
Sophomore Javier Amantegui earned seventh place in the A1 Singles draw with a 2-2 weekend, highlighted by victories over Sahil Deshmukh and Nilo Duarte, both of North Florida. Junior Arvid Noren notched an eighth place finish in the A2 Singles draw after going 1-3. He defeated Princeton's Kial Kaiser 6-7, 6-4, 6-0.
Ishizaka and Mobius went 1-2 and placed fourth in the B Doubles draw, taking down Auburn's team of Alex Mascioli and Viboosh Chandrasekar 8-5. Armantegui and Noren also went 1-2, and reached the consolation finals of the A1 Doubles draw after beating North Florida's Deshmukh and Nilo Duarte 8-6.
VCU returns to action next weekend, competing at the Liberty University Invitational in Lynchburg, Va. from Sept. 22-24.
Javier Amantegui (2-2) - A1 Singles
Amantegui def. Sahil Deshmukh (North Florida) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
Spencer Furman (Duke) def. Amantegui 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Alan Gadjiev (Wake Forest) def. Amantegui 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Amantegui def. Nilo Duarte (North Florida) 6-2, 6-1
Arvid Noren (1-3) - A2 Singles
Noren def. Kial Kaiser (Princeton) 6-7, 6-4, 6-0
Georgiy Malyshev (NC State) def. Noren 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
Brandon Laubser (Auburn) def. Noren, withdrew
Till von Winning (North Florida) def. Noren 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
Philip Mobius (3-1) - B Singles
Mobius def. Ladd Harrison (North Carolina) 7-6 (1), 6-2
Kyle Frankel (Elon) def. Mobius 6-2, 7-5
Mobius - def. Ciro Lampasas (Louisville) 7-6 (6), 6-4
Mobius - def. Alex Mascioli (Auburn) 6-2, 6-1
Louis Ishizaka (2-2) - B Singles
Ishizaka def. Oriol Puig Forne (Charlotte) 6-4, 6-0
Jason Lapidus (Duke) def. Ishizaka 6-4, 6-4
Ishizaka def. Kavir Kumar (North Carolina) 6-2, 6-3
Payton Holden (Princeton) def. Ishizaka 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Noren/Amantegui (1-2) - A1 Doubles
Ogden/Malyshev (NC State) def. Noren/Amantegui 8-7 (2)
Noren/Amantegui def. Duarte/Deshmukh (North Florida) 8-6
Scholl/Plentz (Gardner-Webb) def. Noren/Amantegui 8-6
Ishizaka/Mobius (1-2) - B Doubles
Ishizaka/Mobius def. Mascioli/Chandrasekar (Auburn) 8-5
Mijares/Port (Elon) def. Ishizaka/Mobius 8-5
Rice/Puig Forne (Charlotte) def. Ishizaka/Mobius 8-2