TYLER, Texas - The Seward County Saints started their fall season this past weekend, playing in the Tyler Invite in Tyler, Texas. The Saints finished the weekend going a combine 32-11 as a team, while five different singles players capture their bracket and one doubles team won their bracket.
In singles play, reigning Region VI No. 2 singles champion Duro Opacic moved up to the No.1 Singles spot going 2-1 on the weekend. He won his first two matches 6-2, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-2 before falling in the championship 6-4, 6-3.
Nicolas Rousset fought his way to the No. 2 singles championship, winning his first match 6-5, 6-2 and his second match 6-2, 6-1. Rousset won the No. 2 title, 6-3, 6-2, defeating Aaron Westerlund of Tyler Junior College.
After losing in his first match 6-1, 6-2, No. 3 singles Tim Lamare turned around to win the consolation bracket, winning 6-5, 6-3 in the first round and 6-2, 6-1 in the consolation championship.
The No. 4 and No. 5 singles both went a perfect 3-0 on the week, winning their brackets. Hugo Lobo defeated Drew Brown of Tyler Junior College for the No. 4 title, while Claudio Quinones defeated Adolfo Arroyo of Tyler Junior College for the No. 5 title.
No. 6 through 8 singles all won their first match, but fell in their second match, coming up one shy of their bracket championship. However, they all rebounded to win their last match to take 3rd place. Franck Soulerot defeated Riley Smith 6-2, 6-1 to take 3rd place in the No. 6 singles. After losing 6-2, 6--1 in the second round, Jafer Infante defeated Petar Damjanovic 6-4, 6-0 to take 3rd place in No. 7 singles. In No. 8 singles, Diego Freire took down Nathan Torres 7-6, 7-6 to win 3rd place.
The Saints took home the bracket championships in No. 9 and No. 10 singles to round out singles play, with Benji Finet winning 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 9 spot and Carlo Izurieta winning 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 10 spot.
In doubles play, No. 1 doubles partners Opacic and Lamare, lost their opening match 10-8, 8-6, but fought back to win the consolation bracket, 11-9, 10-8.
No. 5 double partners Lobo and Izurieta reached the championship match in their bracket, but fell in the title match 10-8, 8-6. No. 6 doubles Infante and Monardo, were the only doubles team to win their bracket, going 6-3, 6-0 and winning the bracket 10-8, 6-3.
The Saints travel to Oklahoma City on Friday (Sep. 15) to participate in the Trojan Invitational over the weekend.
For more information on the Seward County tennis team, visit SewardSaints.com.