Penguins Have Solid Performance at River Forest Intercollegiate

Danylo Veremeichuk
Danylo Veremeichuk

River Forest, Ill. - The Youngstown State men's tennis team opend its fall tournament scheduled with a solid showing at the River Forest Intercollegiate which was held Friday through Sunday at the River Forest Tennis Club.

In singles play, Danylo Veremeichuk and Yossi Dahan advanced to their flight championship matches while newcomer Erik Gran picked up three wins. Highlighting doubles play were Luke Purser and Vasilis Vardakis who reached the finals at No. 2 doubles.

At No. 1 singles, Veremeichuk advanced to the finals with wins over Saint Louis' Oscar Pachon - 6-7, 6-3, 10-3 and UIC's Niko Wasilewicz - 6-3, 6-3. In the title match, he lost 6-2, 6-0 on Sunday to Valparaiso's Brandon Ancona. 

At. No. 6 singles, Dahan reached the finals with wins over Detroit Mercy's Adam Zychowicz - 6-3, 6-2 - and Valparaiso's Daniel Langston - 5-7, 6-3, 10-5. In the title match, Dahan dropped a hard-fought 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 bout to Eastern Illinois' Daniel Hernandez.

In his first collegiate event, Gran picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win over EIU's Luka Knieling, a 6-1, 6-2 win over UIC's William Wale and a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Valparaiso's Nick Marino.

The Penguins are next in action on Sept. 28-30 when they participate in the Toledo Invitational.

Sunday, Sept. 16 Results

Singles
No. 1 - Brandon Ancona (VU) def. Danylo Veremeichuk - 6-2, 6-0 (Championship)
No. 2 - Johan Hedstrom (UIC) def. Joao Garretto - 6-2, 6-3 (Third Place)
No. 3 - Vasilis Vardakis (YSU) def. Franklin Brozovich (VU) - 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 (Fifth Place)
No. 4 - Bor Muzar (NIU) def. Pol Virgili Blanco (YSU) - 6-3, 6-2 (Fifth Place)
No. 5 - Mikko Malinen (NIU) def. Luke Purser (YSU) - 6-1, 6-0 (Fifth Place)
No. 6 - Daniel Hernandez (EIU) def. Yossi Dahan (YSU) - 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 (Championship)
No. 7 - Erik Gran (YSU) def. Luka Knieling (EIU) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 7 - Erich Schuette (NIU) def. Baher El Mekawi (YSU) - 6-1, 6-3

Saturday, Sept. 15 Results

Singles
No. 1 - Danylo Veremeichuk def. Oscar Pachon (SLU) - 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 10-3
No. 2 - Brian Pecyna (VU) def. Joao Garretto - 6-3, 3-6, 10-8
No. 3 - Vasilis Vardakis (YSU) def. Mike Jansen (EIU) - 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
No. 4 - Shao Yu (NIU) def. Pol Virgili Blanco (YSU) - 3-6, 6-2, 10-5
No. 5 - Luke Purser (YSU) def. Kailash Panchapakesan (UIC) - 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 - Yossi Dahan (YSU) def. Adam Zychowicz (UDM) - 6-3, 6-2
No. 7 - Erik Gran (YSU) def. William Wale (UIC) - 6-1, 6-2
No. 7 - Piotr Lada (UIC) def. Baher El Mekawi (YSU) - 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2)

Doubles
No. 1 - Garretto/Veremeichuk (YSU) def. G. Kingsmith/M. Jansen (EIU) - 8-5 FIFTH PLACE
No. 2 - D. Bonetta/G. Motuzas (UDM) def. Purser/Vardakis (YSU) - 8-5 CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 3 - Arce/A Zychowicz (UDM) def. Dahan/Blano (YSU) - 8-5 FIFTH PLACE
No. 4 - K. Panchapakesan/A. DelaFuente (UIC) def. Gran/El Mekawi (YSU) - 8-0

Friday, Sept. 14 Results

Singles
No. 1 - Danylo Veremeichuk def. Niko Wasilewicz (UIC) - 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 - Joao Garretto def. Justin Nogalski (SLU) - 6-2, 2-1
No. 3 - Dino Bonetta (UDM) def. Vasilis Vardakis - 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 10-7
No. 4 - Pavel Badaiants (SLU) def. Pol Virgili Blanco - 6-5, 6-3
No. 5 - Alvaro Arce (UDM) def. Luke Purser - 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 - Yossi Dahan def. Daniel Langston (VU) - 5-7, 6-3, 10-5
No. 7 - Erik Gran def. Nick Marino (VU) - 6-2, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 - B. Ancona/K. Kenyatte (VU) def. Garretto/Veremeichuk (YSU) - 6-1
No. 1 - Garretto/Veremeichuk (YSU) def. G. Anderson/B. Shanklin (MU) - 6-3
No. 2 - Purser/Vardakis (YSU) def. K. Yanaba/P. Badaiants (SLU) - 7-5
No. 2 - Purser/Vardakis (YSU) def. D. Pata/M. Malinen (NIU) - 6-3
No. 3 - B. Pecyna/F. Brozovich (VU) def. Dahan/Blanco (YSU) - 7-5
No. 3 - Dahan/Blano (YSU) def. N. Tintore/J.P. McKenzie (SLU) - 7-6 (5)
No. 4 - E. Schuette/B. Muzar (NIU) def. Gran/El Mekawi (YSU) - 6-2
No. 4 - B. Davis/L. Meneguim (EIU) def. Gran/El Mekawi (YSU) - 6-3