The prestigious ITA Regional Championship, which features some of the country’s top tennis players across the country, offered great competition for the John Carroll University men’s tennis team this past weekend.
Four individuals representing the Blue Streaks travelled to North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana for the weekend event hosted by Wabash College. Freshman Scott Adsit, and sophomores Jad Abual-Aal, Alex Guthrie and Kyle Mollison took to the courts on Sept. 26 to begin their rounds of singles and doubles play.
Adsit opened with a win in his first match in the “B” singles flight, topping Augustana University’s Jonathon Elsey 6-3, 1-6, and 10-2, before falling to Ohio Wesleyan University’s Elliott Garwood. Guthrie fared well in his first single match as well, topping Oberlin College’s Manickam Manickam 7-6, 7-5 before falling to DePauw University’s Zachary Jonas in his next singles match.
Although sophomore standout Abual-Aal lost his first singles match, he made a terrific comeback in the consolation bracket. He advanced all the way to the fourth round, defeating players from both Baldwin Wallace University and Kalamazoo College before falling to Denison University’s Jamie McDonald.
Abual-Aal later paired up with Mollison to top Augustana 8-5 in doubles play during the consolation bracket. They later fell to Oberlin, ending their run for a doubles victory.
“It was a great experience for all of us who traveled to the tournament this weekend,” said Abual-Aal. “Although the competition was extremely tough, I felt that I could’ve performed much better in both singles and doubles. All in all, I learned a lot from playing this tournament and I can’t wait to apply it during the season.”
JCU wrapped up the prestigious tournament with 4-4 in singles play and 1-4 in doubles play. Look out for the Blue Streaks next Friday, October 3 at 3 p.m. as they continue their fall ball season at Trine University.