Gendron leads way at ITA Regionals
By HEATHER KENNEDY
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A pair of sophomores represented the Northern Colorado Men’s Tennis team at the ITA Fall Mountain Regionals and both had strong showings to conclude the fall portion of the schedule.
“I thought this tournament encapsulated the fall season as a whole,” Head Coach Tim Bearman said. “At times, we look very close to being a solid team and at other times we look like what we are: a very inexperienced and young team struggling to find our way.”
Sophomore Ben Gendron (Flower Mound, Texas) won his opening match in three sets over Weber State’s Ryan Garner 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. In the round of 64, Gendron met up with 10th-seeded Tamas Batyi from UNLV and lost in a close match 7-5, 6-4.
In the consolation round, Gendron dropped a three-set match to Big Sky foe Prithiv Sivasubramaniam from Montana State, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to end the tournament.
“Ben found a way to win his first round against Weber State after dealing with some adversity and that was positive,” Bearman stated. “In the next round he had a set point in the first set and missed a passing shot to go up in the match. He played a solid match but didn’t serve effectively enough to win. Ben has as much talent as anyone in the conference. We need to get back and tweak a few things in his game so that he comes back confident and ready to have a good season.”
Fellow sophomore Jordan Loughnan (Mudgee, New South Wales) lost in the opening round to No. 22 Francis Sargeant from BYU, 6-1, 6-1. He bounced back to win a tough three set match against Utah State’s Andrew Whiting in which two of the three sets were decided by tiebreakers, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. In the second round of the back draw, Loughnan lost to Utah’s Ben Tasevac, 6-2, 6-2.
“I thought Jordan beat the guy he was supposed to beat,” Bearman said. “He had some good moments against some very tough competition.”
Northern Colorado takes a rest from competition, returning to the dual portion of the season on Jan. 26 when they host Seattle.
“We need to continue to work hard at practice and improve before the spring,” Bearman concluded.