SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011
Men’s tennis caps showing in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships
Fernando Lopez lost in the first round.
Fernando Lopez lost in the first round.
The JU men’s tennis team competed in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional hosted by the University of Georgia this weekend in Athens, Ga.

Sophomore Larry Condez won the first round of the qualifying singles tournament, defeating FAU’s Robert Dubuque, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 before falling in the second round to Stetson’s Didrik Berg. Condez lost his main-draw singles match to USF’s Lucas Martin-Salcedo, 6-1, 6-2.

Junior Jose Fantova lost in the opening round of the singles main draw, falling to UNF’s Maritz Buerchner, 7-5, 6-4. In doubles play, Fantova and Condez lost to Miami’s tandem of Victor Mauz and Santiago Nieto, 8-3, in the first round. Fantova capped the tournament by losing in the first round consolation singles bracket, falling in the first set, 6-2, before an injury forced him to retire.

Matt Hansen, the lone senior on the JU roster, lost a close first-round qualifying singles match to Georgia’s Eric Diaz, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Hansen and freshman Eduardo Martinez lost in first-round doubles play on Friday as Stetson’s Jacobo Herrero and Erik Halaj posted a 9-7 win.

Martinez started his tournament in strong fashion, winning his first-round qualifying match on Thursday. The Mexico City native beat UNF’s Timo Kranz, 6-3, 6-2, before losing to FSU’s Brian Alden, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round.

Junior Fernando Bano Lopez, who led the Dolphins with 11 singles victories in 2011, lost to eighth-seeded Wael Kiliani from USF, 6-1, 6-2, in the main-draw first round. Lopez also lost his first-round consolation match to Mauz.

But Lopez and freshman Richard Casagrande played well in the doubles draw, advancing to the round of 16 after beating a tandem from Georgia Tech, 8-6, in the second round. Casagrande also recorded a victory in his first-round qualifying match, needing three sets to knock off Stetson’s Jacobo Herrero, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 before losing in the second round to FAMU’s Chidi Gabriel, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Freshman Elmon Heywood lost his first-round qualifying match to FAMU’s Takura Happy, 6-3, 6-2.

JU will next be in action when they play in the College of Charleston Invitational in November in Charleston, S.C.