MOUNT PLESANT, S.C. – College of Charleston men’s tennis freshman Rodrigo Encinas outlasted teammate Alon Faiman on Sunday afternoon to claim the singles title in the home-hosted Last Chance Fall Invite, at the CofC Tennis Center on Patriots Point.
Encinas, a native of Santiago, Chile, made it to the final amongst a talented field of student-athletes representing two ranked programs in Virginia Tech and Georgia State. Despite the stiff competition, waiting for Encinas in the final was his teammate, and friend, Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel).
In what was a well-played match on both sides, Faiman led for most of the first set, but Encinas came back, eventually winning, 7-5, for a one-set advantage. In the second set, Encinas was able to close out Faiman, 6-3, to claim the title.
"We had some really quality competition here at this tournament, so For Rodrigo and Alon to get to the final was impressive,” said head coach Jay Bruner. “It’s Rodrigo’s second title of the year as a freshman. It’s a good start to his collegiate career."
On other courts, Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile), finished the tournament with a 3-1 record after pulling out a win over Jai Corbett from Virginia Tech 3-6,6-2 (10-8). Stephen Hardy also picked up a singles victory, dispatching Nic Wilson of Virginia Tech 6-3,7-5. Lastly, CofC sophomore, Matt Daly defeated freshman Slovenian, Valentin Horvat from Georgia State, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to round out the day
"I am pleased with our team effort today and our drive to keep improving over the last weekend of the fall season,” said Bruner. “These guys have come together as a team and worked hard all fall. We have a bunch of student-athletes that are playing really strong tennis, which will give them a good base to start competing and improving in match play this spring. There is a lot of time between now and our Jan. 28th match against Clemson, and ultimately, these two months will define how good can be this season.”