Young squad excels at Wallach Invitational

Danny Lubarsky '16 (left) and Brian Granoff '17
Danny Lubarsky '16 (left) and Brian Granoff '17

Competing at the Wallach Invitational at Bates College over the weekend, the Brandeis men's tennis team had a number of standout individual and doubles performances from several of the squad's youngest players.

Leading the way for the Judges was rookie Brian Granoff (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep), who advanced to the semifinal of the A Singles bracket. Granoff defeated a pair of rookies, besting Bates' Brent Feldman (Waccabuc, N.Y./The Harvey School) 4-6, 6-1, 10-6 before defeating Amherst's Myles Tang (Minneapolis, Minn./Breck School) 6-2, 1-0 (ret.). Granoff lost in the semifinals to Middlebury senior Alex Johnston (Leeds, England/Foothill College) 6-3, 6-4. Johnston, who finished last season ranked as the No. 17 player in the country, would win the bracket.

Brandeis' other A Bracket entrant, sophomore Mitch Krems (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Century Acad.) went to three sets in both of his matches. Krems defeated Bowdoin junior Doug Kaplan (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Acad.) 6-7 (2), 6-3, 12-10 in a play-in match. Krems won the first set in his next match, but eventually lost to the A Bracket's other finalist, Middlebury senior Teddy Fitzgibbons (Mission Hills, Kan./Pembroke Hill), 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.

Rookie Michael Arguello (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) won his first match in the B Bracket, defeating Colby senior Jack Bryant (Wayzata, Minn./Blake) 6-2, 6-2. Rookie Jeff Cherkin (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) also won a game in the D Singles, defeating Trinity sophomore Lars Skattum (London, England/American School) 7-5, 6-3.

Arguello and sophomore Danny Lubarsky (Cleveland, Ohio/Hawken School) had the Judges' best performance in doubles, winning two matches in the top bracket. The duo won their play-in game against Colby seniors Jason Ottomano (Weston, Conn./Fairfield Prep) and Luke Martin (East Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), 8-1. Arguello and Lubarsky then faced two of the top teams at the tournament, upsetting the second-seeded Middlebury duo of sophomore Ari Smolyar (Short Hills, N.J./Solomon Schechter) and junior Courtney Mountifield (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) before falling to the eventual champions, Skidmore senior Jimmy Sherpa (West Vancouver, B.C./Sentinel Secondary) and sophomore Nick Tong (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula), 8-6.

This was the men's team's final competition of the fall. The Judges will be back in action in February on their annual trip to California.