Men's tennis 2009 fall wrap up
The JU men’s tennis team showed flashes of brilliance during its three tournaments during the 2009 fall season.

The major highlight from the fall was the advancement of seniors Victor Vaz and Jaime Esteban to the finals of the men’s doubles ‘A Draw’ at the UNF Invitational. Esteban also turned in a strong performance at the Embry-Riddle Open where he advanced to the finals of the men’s singles ‘Blue Flight.’

The Dolphins opened up their fall play at the Embry-Riddle Open in Daytona, Fla. The team then went to Tallahassee, Fla. for the FSU Fall Invitational and closed out the fall season at the 2009 UNF Hampton Inn 9A & Baymeadows Fall Tennis Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Our younger players were very hungry to get started and our returners handled the fall really well,” said head coach Shane Wood. “We played in some very competitive tournaments and I was pleased with what I saw. We pushed our guys really hard this fall and it’s all going to pay off in the spring.”

Esteban led the charge in the Embry-Riddle Open, reaching the finals of the men’s singles ‘Blue Flight’ while freshman Andrew Lerner advanced to the second round of the men’s singles ‘Blue Flight’ after winning his first round matchup in two sets. Freshman Logan Shalmi also turned in a two set victory in the ‘Blue Flight Back Draw.’

The Dolphins faced stiff competition at the FSU Fall Invitational where the doubles teams of Esteban/Vaz and freshmen Aroon Khatter/Shalmi both suffered close losses to tough opponents in the first round.

The team had a strong performance at the UNF Hampton Inn 9A & Baymeadows Fall Tennis Invitational with the highlight coming from the doubles team of Vaz/Esteban as they made a run to the men’s doubles ‘A Draw’ finals. Vaz and Esteban also continued to excel in the men’s singles ‘A Draw’ with Vaz advancing to the consolation draw finals and Esteban advancing to the third round.

The Dolphins open up their spring season in January and will have their sights set on an Atlantic Sun Championship in April in Deland, Fla.