Santa Ana Leads Men's Tennis at Carolinas Invitational
Rock Hill, S.C.--Senior Lucas Santa Ana won the Division I Singles title and paired with junior Thomas Cook to take home the Division II Doubles title at the Carolinas Invitational hosted by Winthrop University last weekend.
Santa Ana won the Division I Singles title with four singles victories on the weekend and only went to three sets once, in the finals. He first defeated Campbell's Fernando Guillen 7-5, 6-4 before knocking off Winthrop's Peter Nagovnak 6-1, 6-1. Santa Ana then advanced to face Vasily Eremeev of Tennessee Tech, which he dispatched in two sets, 6-3, 6-3. He then came from behind to defeat South Carolina's Harry Menzies 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the finals to claim the title.
Cook dropped his first match in the same division as Santa Ana, but rallied with two victories before falling in the consolation final. Cook defeated Gardner-Webb freshman Nikita Zverkov 6-2, 6-2 prior to winning a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 match against Yuta Hirokawa of Winthrop.
In doubles, Santa Ana and Cook paired to win the Division II Doubles title. They took down UNC Greensboro's Ahmet Sarioglu and Daniel Mack in the first round 8-5. The GSU duo next defeated Campbell's pair of David Clavera and Fernando Guillen 8-6 in the semifinals. They finally took down Winthrop's Yuta Hirokawa and Steven Patrick 8-2 to claim the title.
The tournament concludes the fall slate for the Panthers as a team. Senior Victor Valente will represent GSU at the prestigious USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships beginning on Nov. 8 in Flushing, N.Y. The tournament takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the site of the annual US Open. Visit the men's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for updates on Valente's play at the tournament later this week.