Oct 22, 2017
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Colby College men's tennis team had two doubles 'B' teams make semifinal round play at the Wallach Invitational at Bates College on Saturday.
Luis Gonzales Kompalic and Jeremy Mendoza won two 8-5 matches to advance, while teammates Garrett Reiter (pictured) and Jonathan Hallal also won two matches by 8-5 scores. Gonzales and Mendoza beat squads from Trinity College and Bates to advance to Sunday's semifinals. Reiter and Hallal won matches over teams from Brandeis University and Trinity.
In Sunday's play, both doubles teams fell in tight matches. Gonzales Komplalic and Mendoza fell 8-5, while Rieter and Hallal lost 8-6.
In 'A' doubles play, Sumukh Pathi and Jeremy Atwater won 8-3 in a first round match at first doubles over a team from Trinity. The pair then fell 8-6 in the second round to a team from Bates.
Reiter and Shaw Speer both made quarterfinal round play in their respective singles brackets. Rieter took a 6-2, 6-3 win over Trinity's Chris Caskin in the 'B' singles second round before falling 6-2, 6-0 to Boris Sorkin of Tufts University. Speer won 6-3, 6-2 against Wheaton College's Zach Strempel in 'C' singles, but then lost 6-2, 6-1 to Josh Leiner of Bates.
Atwater lost a tough 'B' singles second round match by a 3-6, 6-2, (10-5 super tiebreaker) to David Aizenberg of Brandeis. Aizenberg went on to beat the third-seeded player to advance to the finals. In 'C' singles play, Gonzalez Komalic fell 6-1, 6-1 to Kevin Ma of Amherst College in the second round.
Scott Altmeyer lost 6-2, 6-4 in his second round match to Zach Bessette of Amherst in 'A' singles play. Pathi had to play in the first round and lost 7-6 (1), 6-4 to Zain Ali of Tufts.
In 'D' bracket singles play, Mendoza and Hallal each won their second round matches before losing in the quarterfinals. Mendoza fought back for a 0-6, 7-6 (5), (10-8) win over Zach Cilar of Brandeis. Mendoza then dropped a 6-2, 3-6, (10-8) quarterfinal. Hallal won 6-4, 6-2 against Amherst's Oliver Kendall before falling 3-6, 6-4, (10-4) in the quarterfinal round. Colby's Peter Messenger also played in the 'D' bracket and lost in the second round to the eventual champion.