LYNCHBURG, Va. - All four VCU men's tennis players recorded at least two singles wins over a successful weekend at the Liberty Invitational inside Cook Tennis Complex, highlighted by sophomore Ignacio Rivero Crespo advancing to the Red Singles Draw finals.
Rivero opened his 2017-18 campaign with a 3-1 record, winning three straight matches in two days, including a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Campbell's Gerard Sola in the semifinals. Junior Vito Lima also went 3-1, winning three consecutive matches to win the West Consolation Bracket in the Red Singles Draw. He defeated Richmond's Caleb Troy 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
After dropping a three-set match in the first round to Liberty's Chase Burton, freshman Inigo Torre Martin won his next two matches in straight sets for a 2-1 weekend. Freshman Karl Katlaps opened his collegiate career with a 2-2 record, defeating Campbell's Luis Monterosso 7-6, 6-2 to make the North Consolation Final.
Lima and Torre teamed up to lead the Rams' doubles efforts, winning the West Consolation bracket in the Red Doubles Draw. They defeated the team of Vince Salas and Eddie Gutierrez 6-3 in the final.
VCU travels to Norfolk, Va. from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 for the Monarch Invitational hosted by Old Dominion.
Vitor Lima (3-1) - Red Singles
R16 - Gerard Sola (Campbell) def. Vitor Lima 6-3, 6-4
West Consolation QF - Vitor Lima def. Siam Fenne (Charlotte) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
West Consolation SF - Vitor Lima def. Lukas Schaefer (Campbell) 6-3, 6-4
West Consolation F - Vitor Lima def. Caleb Troy (Richmond) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4
Ignacio Rivero Crespo (3-1) - Red Singles
R16 - Ignacio Rivero Crespo def. Vince Salas (Liberty) 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
QF - Ignacio Rivero Crespo def. Caleb Troy (Richmond) 6-3, 7-5
SF - Ignacio Rivero Crespo def. Gerard Sola (Campbell) 6-3, 6-3
F - Amadeo Blasco (Longwood) def. Ignacio Rivero Crespo 6-2, 7-6 (1)
Inigo Torre Martin (2-1) - Red Singles
R16 - Chase Burton (Liberty) def. Inigo Torre Martin 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
West Consolation QF - Inigo Torre Martin def. Dustin Werner (Campbell) 7-5, 6-2
West Consolation SF - Inigo Torre Martin def. Ben Wayand (Charlotte) 6-1, 6-4
Karl Katlaps (2-2) - Blue Singles
R16 - Karl Katlaps def. Lachlan Manser (Longwood) 6-3, 7-5
QF - Rosen Naydenov (Longwood) def. Karl Katlaps 7-6, 7-6
North Consolation SF - Karl Katlaps def. Luis Monterosso (Campbell) 7-6, 6-2
North Consolation F - Jon O'Neal (Campbell) def. Karl Katlaps 6-2, 6-3
Lima/Torre (2-1) - Red Doubles
QF - Wayand/Fenne (Charlotte) def. Lima/Torre 6-1
West Consolation SF - Lima/Torre def. Mermersky/Burton (Liberty) 6-4
West Consolation F - Lima/Torre def. Salas/Gutierrez (Liberty) 6-3
Crespo/Katlaps (0-3) - Red Doubles
QF - Blasco/Sakai (Longwood) def. Crespo/Katlaps 6-3
West Consolation SF - Salas/Gutierrez (Liberty) def. Crespo/Katlaps 6-1
South Consolation F - Mermersky/Burton (Liberty) def. Crespo/Katlaps 6-3