WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Junior Jacob Behal and freshman Juan Sheppard won their respective flights to lead the Furman men's tennis team this weekend at the WFU Fall Invite at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Sheppard racked up four-straight wins for the championship in the C1 Singles bracket, defeating Stan Vaughn of Liberty, 6-3, 6-4, and Ryan Newman of N.C. State 6-3, 6-3 to advance in the first day of competition. On Saturday, Sheppard topped Christian Lutschaunig of Penn State, 6-1, 6-3, to reach Sunday's final, where he beat Marius Dragoi of S.C. State, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
In the C2 Singles flight Behal notched wins over Stanislav Baco of S.C. State 6-4, 0-6, 7-5, and Liberty's Jorge Azuero, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, in Friday's opening rounds. Behal defeated UNCG's Jimmy Roueche, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, on Saturday to reach the finals, where he tallied a 6-1, 6-1 win over Khalil Naji of S.C. State.
Senior Alex Christ picked up two wins in the B1 Singles draw, defeating Alex Calott of UNCC, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, and Wake Forest's Nicholas Osterling, 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9), while junior Luke Synn also recorded two victories after topping Jiri Stiburek of S.C. State, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, and East Carolina's Damien Brenard, 6-3, 7-5, in the B2 Singles draw.
In doubles action, Sheppard and Behal combined to defeat Swank and Hallestrand of Iowa, 8-6, then the duo topped Stiburek and Dragoi of S.C. State, 8-2, in the C Doubles draw. Chris teamed with Browne for an 8-7(6) first-round victory over Wake Forest's Ho and Bloom in the A Doubles bracket.
The Paladins will compete at the ITA Carolinas Regional in Durham, N.C., Oct. 17-21.
Complete Furman Results:
WFU Fall Invite
Aws Laaribi (WFU) def. Matt Browne (FUR), 7-5, 6-4
Sam Williams (UNCW) def. Matt Browne (FUR), 6-2, 7-6(2)
Laurynas Antopikas (Stetson) def. Matt Browne (FUR), 7-6(6), 7-5
Alex Christ (FUR) def. Alex Calott (UNCC), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Alex Christ (FUR) def. Nicholas Osterling (WFU), 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9)
Marc Collado Castells (PSU) def. Alex Christ (FUR), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Luke Synn (FUR) def. Jiri Stiburek (SCSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Santtu Leskinnen (UNCW) def. Luke Synn (FUR), 7-6(3), 7-6(10)
Luke Synn (FUR) def. Damien Brenard (ECU), 6-3, 7-5
Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Stan Vaughn (LIB), 6-3, 6-4
Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Ryan Newman (NCSU), 6-3, 6-3
Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Christian Lutschaunig (PSU), 6-1, 6-3
1st Place: Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Marius Dragoi (SCSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Stanislav Baco (SCSU), 6-4, 0-6, 7-5
Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Jorge Azuero (LIB), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Jimmy Roueche (UNCG), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
1st Place: Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Khalil Naji (SCSU), 6-1, 6-1
Hans Adrian Riseng (Stetson) def. Joel Cook (FUR), 6-2, 6-4
Joel Cook (FUR) def. Andrew Estenssoro (IOWA), 6-2, 6-1
Stanislav Baco (SCSU) def. Joel Cook (FUR), 6-2, 6-3
Chris Humphreys (ELON) def. Ben Horst (FUR), 7-6(5), 7-5
Ben Horst (FUR) def. Marko Jereminov (SCSU), 6-2, 6-1
Christ/Browne (FUR) def. Ho/Bloom (WFU), 8-7(6)
Sarioglu/Mack (UNCG) def. Christ/Browne (FUR), 8-6
Pura/McCall (DUKE) def. Christ/Browne (FUR), 8-6
Segur/Vaughn (LIB) def. Cook/Synn (FUR), 8-6
Pello/Zyhmantovich (NSU) def. Cook/Synn (FUR), 8-6
Sheppard/Behal (FUR) def. Swank/Hallestrand (IOWA), 8-6
Sheppard/Behal (FUR) def. Stiburek/Dragoi (SCSU), 8-2
Billa/Osterling (WFU) def. Sheppard/Behal (FUR), 8-1
Hanzlik/Castells (PSU) def. Sheppard/Behal (FUR), 8-2