Penguins Have Successful Singles, Doubles Runs at Viking Invitational

Danylo Veremeichuk
Danylo Veremeichuk

Cleveland, Ohio - The Youngstown State men's tennis team had a strong performance in doubles and singles at the CSU Viking Invitational which was held Friday through Sunday at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland.

In the singles competition, Danylo Veremeichuk reached the semifinals before falling to Ludovico Cestarollo of Binghamton on Sunday morning. Veremeichuk dropped the first set 6-3 before forcing a decisive third set with a 6-4 second-set win. In the third set, Cestarollo won 10-8. Veremeichuk won three matches to advance to the semis.

Luke Purser won a pair of matches in the back draw to reach the semifinals. On Sunday, Purser lost 6-3, 6-2 to Binghamton's Inigo Saez. Pol Virgili Blanco also won two matches in the back draw as well.

In doubles play, Veremeichuk and Joao Garretto advanced to the championship final while Purser and Vasilis Vardakis won the back draw final.

Veremeichuk and Garretto won three matches to reach Sunday's final. The pair beat Northern Illinois 6-2 in the opening round, earned a 6-1 win in the quarterfinals and in the semifinals cruised to a 6-0 win over NIU's Schuette and Muzar. In the final, Cleveland State's Benjamin Slade and Nico Mostardi defeated Garretto and Veremeichuk, 6-2. 

Purser and Vardakis had a strong run in the back draw winning their final three matches. After dropping a 6-3 decision to Binghamton in their opener, the duo earned 6-2 and 7-6 (3) wins to reach the back draw finale. They pair defeated Binghamton's Ingio Saez and Alex Pena 6-3 in the final.  

The event was the final tournament of the fall for the Penguins. YSU will start the dual portion of its schedule in January.

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