MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s tennis team is guaranteed a singles title in the home-hosted Last Chance Fall Invite after Rodrigo Encinas and Alon Faiman made it through tough competition to secure an all-cougar final, to take place Sunday morning at the CofC tennis complex on Patriots Point.
The Cougars, who are hosting two nationally-ranked teams in Virginia Tech and Georgia State, followed up a great day-one performance with another quality day of tennis, beginning with strong doubles play Saturday morning.
The Cougars went 7-4 in doubles on the day, highlighted by Josh Record (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Rodrigo Encinas (Santiago, Chile) who beat teammates Zach Lewis (Richmond, Ky.) and Gordon Garrett in the semi-finals, 8-6, before being ousted in the final, 8-3, by the Virginia Tech pairing of Florian Nicoud (St. Marcellin, France) and Jai Corbett (Melbourne, Australia). Along with Record and Encinas’ second-place performance, the Cougar duo of Lewis and Garrett went on to secure third-place with over Stephen Hardy (Fairfax, Va.) and Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel). Charlie Ghriskey (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) and Matt Daly (Raleigh, N.C.) finished in fifth after a marathon victory over a strong Georgia State pairing, 8-7 (5).
In singles, both Encinas and Faimon advanced to the final, where they will face each other tomorrow morning for the right to be crowned tournament champion. Encinas defeated Crescente Lesser (Santaigo, Chile) in the top half of the semi-final bracket, while Alon Faiman took out teammate Charlie Ghriskey in the bottom half.
“We showed great effort and focus,” said head coach Jay Bruner. “Having Rodrigo and Alon in the final is well-deserved for both of them; they have been competing all fall in matches and practice. Our whole team was focused today, as we were yesterday, and everyone is improving. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”