September 29, 2013

W&L Men's Tennis Advances Doubles Team at ITA Regionals

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's tennis team has advanced one doubles team to the semifinals of the championship draw at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional hosted by Mary Washington on Sunday.

The top-seeded duo of junior Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas / ATA College Prep) and sophomore Michael Holt (Henrico, Va. / Mills Godwin) improved to 4-0 in the tournament after posting a 2-0 record on Sunday.  They opened with an 8-3 win over Andrew Gear and Mark Hardesty of Johns Hopkins in the Round of 16, then defeated ninth-seeded Jack Kasbeer and Paul Okuda of Carnegie Mellon in the quarterfinals by a score of 8-2.  Shamshiri and Holt will face the sixth-seeded duo of Mike Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh from Johns Hopkins in the semifinals on Monday.

The team of sophomores Thomas Johnson (Greenville, S.C. / Christ Church Episcopal) and Brian Krouskos (Alpharetta, Ga. / Mount Pisgah Christian) fell in the Round of 16 to Buxbaum and Walsh by a score of 8-2.

In singles action, both Holt and Shamshiri were defeated in the Round of 16 of the championship bracket.  Holt dropped a 6-3, 6-0 decision to fifth-seeded Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon, while Shamshiri was defeated by third-seeded Tyler Carey of Mary Washington, 7-6, 6-4.

First-year Jordan Krasner (Rockville, Md. / Walter Johnson) advanced to the finals of the championship singles consolation bracket, while Krouskos is still alive in the semifinals of the consolation bracket.  Both players went 2-0 on Sunday, with Krasner advancing to the finals via a player withdrawl for the semifinals.

First-year Will Bannister claimed the title in the B2 singles bracket by posting a 4-0 overall record.  His opponent in the finals, Evan Lord of Ursinus, withdrew with Bannister leading 2-6, 7-6, 5-4.

Action continues on Monday morning from Mary Washington.

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