Men's Tennis Teammates to Meet for Southern Intercollegiate Title

Renato Lombardi and Eduardo Alfonzo will play against each other for the Southern Intercollegiate title. Photos by Joel Auerbach

ATHENS, Ga. -- Barry University sophomore teammates Eduardo Alfonzo and Renato Lombardi will play for the Southern Intercollegiate Championships Division III bracket singles title Monday. The caveat is, the Buccaneer pair will play for the title in Miami Shores at 3 p.m.

After completing their impressive runs at the University of Georgia prestigious fall tournament -- they combined for nine wins with Lombardi receiving a first-round bye -- the Bucs elected to play the final on Barry's campus at Buccaneer Tennis Center. 

Alfonzo defeated Charlotte's Alex Calot, 6-4 7-6. in Sunday's semifinals. Lombardi beat Clemson's Fernando Sanchez, 6-3, 6-3, in the other semifinal. The two Buccaneers will play for the championship Monday to complete the four-day event at the oldest fall men's tennis events in the country.

Barry senior Leo Vivas was a 7-6, 6-2 winner over Virginia Tech's Joao Monteiro in the Division I singles bracket consolation. Bucs freshman Franco Echenique had a quick run of it in his 6-2, 6-1 win over College of Charleston's Garrett Gordon in the Divison II singles bracket consolation.

The tournament features top players from NCAA Division I and II schools.

SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Southern Intercollegiate Championships
Sunday, Sept. 15

Division I Singles
Quarterfinals
Nick Wood, Georgia def. Rogerio Ribeiro, ETSU, 6-4, 6-2 [3] Nathan Pasha, Georgia def. [6] Hernus Pieters, Georgia, 7-6(2), 6-2 [8] Austin Smith, Georgia def. [4] Gonzales Austin, Vandy, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 [2] Ben Wagland, Georgia def. [5] Hunter Harrington, Clemson, 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 6-1

Semifinals
[3] Nathan Pasha, Georgia def. Nick Wood, Georgia, 6-3, 7-5 [2] Ben Wagland, Georgia def. [8] Austin Smith, Georgia, 6-4, 6-1

Second Round Consolation
Ratan Gill, Portland def. Alex Arovin, Tenn. Tech, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0(5) Oliver Snaider, Mercer def. Jack Williams, Charlotte, 6-3, 6-2 Nathan Debut, Stetson def. Will Neuner, FAU, 6-3, 7-5 Alejandro Gomez, Kentucky def. Vincent Verpeaux, Lander, w/o Michel Hu Kwo, Portland def. Oliver Webb, Ga. Southern, 6-4, 7-6(4), 1-0(7) Matthew Gladstone, UCF def. Jaan Kononov, Armstrong, w/o Reid deLaubenfels, Portland def. Simon Julin, Stetson, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0(3) Leo Vivas, Barry def. Joao Monteiro, Va. Tech, 7-6, 6-2

Miscellaneous
Nils Ellefsen, Kentucky def. Alejandro Llamas, Liberty, 6-2, 6-4

Division II Singles
Quarterfinals
Andrew Goodwin, Alabama def. Aaron Gomez, Va. Tech, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 Suresh Eswaran, Vandy def. Casey Kay, Ga. Tech, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 Forrest Edwards, Charlotte def. Rodrigo Encinas, CofC, 7-5, 6-1 Chris Helliar, UAB def. Diego Nunez, ETSU, 6-2, 6-1

Semifinals
Andrew Goodwin, Alabama def. Suresh Eswaran, Vandy, 6-0, 6-3 Chris Helliar, UAB def. Forrest Edwards, Charlotte, 6-4, 6-3

Final
Chris Helliar, UAB def. Andrew Goodwin, Alabama, 6-0, 6-2

Second Round Consolation
Justin Guay, Portland def. Gagan Jain, Tenn. Tech, 6-4, 7-6 Tony Kostadinov, Ga. Gwinnett def. Paul Polarczyk, USF, 7-6, 7-6 Ricardo Pabon, ETSU def. Jorge Azuero, Liberty, 6-0, 2-6, 1-0(2) Cahit Kapukiran, Stetson def. Sean Karl, Tennessee, 6-3, 6-2 Francesc Aulina, UCF def. Alberto Esteban, Tenn. Tech, 6-4, 0-6, 1-0(5) Robert Dudley, Clemson def. Federico Sabogal, USF, 6-4, 7-5 Franco Echenique, Barry def. Garrett Gordon, CofC, 6-2, 6-1

Miscellaneous
Markus Kerner, Tennessee def. Kent Andreasen, Portland, 6-3, 6-3

Division III Singles
Semifinals
Renato Lombardi, Barry def. Fernando Sala Sanchez, Clemson, 6-3, 6-3 Eduardo Alfonzo, Barry def. Alex Calot, Charlotte, 6-4, 7-6

Final
Renato Lombardi, Barry vs. Eduardo Alfonzo, Barry (to be played Monday at Barry University's Buccaneer Tennis Center, 3 p.m.)

Second Round Consolation
Nicholas Wilson, Va. Tech def. Connor Knox, ETSU, 7-5, 6-2 Saxon Buehning, Alabama def. Rafael Racy, Ga. Southern, 6-2, 7-6(4) Stan Vaughan, Liberty def. Mitchell Martell, UAB, 5-7, 6-1, 1-0(8) Hans Adrian Riseng, Stetson def. Sean Bacha, FAU, 6-1, 7-5 Donovan McSeveny, UAB def. Josh Record, CofC, 6-1, 6-3

Division I Doubles
Quarterfinals
Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland, Georgia def. Sean Donohue/Nikko Madregallejo, Alabama, 8-5 David Biosca/Roger Ordeig, ETSU def. Hunter Harrington/Daniel Strawn, Clemson, 8-4 Diego Nunez/Rogerio Ribeiro, ETSU def. Alex Ferrero/Ratan Gill, Portland, w/o Gonzales Austin/Ryan Lipman, Vandy def. Austin Smith/Nick Wood, Georgia, 8-2

Division II Doubles
Quarterfinals
Rodrigo Encinas/Josh Record, CofC def. Tony Kostadinov/Evgeny Silitski, Ga. Gwinnett, 8-5 Egon Samaai/Dillon Segur, Liberty def. Saxon Buehning/Stuart Kenyon, Alabama, 8-6 Juan Pablo Boada/Yuta Hirokawa, Winthrop def. Mitchell Martell/Donovan McSeveny, UAB, 8-5 Arnav Mohanty/Arsav Mohanty, Mercer def. Chris Barrus/Reece Acree, UCF, 8-4

Semifinals
Rodrigo Encinas/Josh Record, CofC def. Egon Samaai/Dillon Segur, Liberty, 8-5


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