BRISTOL, Tenn. – Five representatives from the men's tennis team are competing at the ITA Southeast Regional tournament, hosted in Sumter, S.C. this weekend. The event will host both single elimination singles and doubles competitions and is set to begin Friday, Sept. 21.
Five member of the men's tennis team have been selected to represent King at this year's regional tournament, four of whom were with the team last year. All-Conference selections Pablo Vidal (Madrid, Spain) and Rodrigo Avila (Cuernavaca, Mexico) will lead the Tornado while Leo Brigato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Patrick Jones (Bluff City, Tenn.) make up the rest of the returners making the trip.
Joining the pack of Tornado team members making the trip to compete is sophomore Rafael Francisco (Santos, Brazil). Francisco served as a team manager for King Tennis last season and will engage in his first official competition this weekend.
The draws for this weekend's first round matches are listed below. Click here to download the complete bracket.
The Tornado finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 13-5 and lost in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Men's Tennis Tournament to Coker, 5-4 on a tiebreaker. King began the season on a 10-match win streak, led by All-Conference First Team member Rodrigo Avila who went 11-6 in singles play as King's No. 1 last year. Pablo Vidal was named to the Third Team All-Conference, finishing 11-6 as the team's No. 2 in singles competition. The combo of Vidal/Avila went 10-7 in doubles play.
Patrick Jones (KC) v. Jack Frampton (MOC) – Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m.
Rafael Francisco (KC) v. winner of Alex Poda (LC) v. Michael Van Dusen (BAC) - Saturday, Sept. 22, 2:30 a.m.
*received first round bye
Leonardo Brigato (KC) v. Stanley Roffe (MOC) – Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m.
Pablo Vidal (KC) v. winner of Justin Louis (FC) v. David Espinosa (FC) - Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m.
Rodrigo Avila (KC) v. Rafael Ferla (LC) - Friday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.
Brigato/Francisco (KC) v. Bateup/Heywood (FM) – Saturday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Avila/Vidal (KC) v. Lascari/McAlister (LC) - Saturday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.