The Flower City Tournament in Rochester is played at 4 sites and features Mens College Tennis teams from Roberts Wesleyan, Nazareth, RIT, St. Lawrence, RPI, Oneonta, Rochester and Ithaca. The matches are regular D3 format of 3 doubles (8 game pro sets) and 6 singles (2 out of 3 tiebreak sets). Each event counts as a point. When the match is clinched all other events stop. In other words, when one team wins 5 events (singles or doubles or a combination) the match stops.
Josh Jachuck – Bethlehem – plays for the University of Rochester. In the first round Josh was at 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 when the match was clinched 5-1. The next day he dropped an 8-2 decision in doubles to Mackenzie Park and Ben Leighton of Oneonta, but came back to win his #4 singles match over Mackenzie Park by a score of 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Josh’ win over Park was the clincher as Rochester won 5-2. In the finals against Roberts Wesleyan Josh also lost his doubles but came back to take #4 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Robert Beer. Although it was not the clinching match, it turned out that Rochester needed every win the tournament. The final score of the match was 5-4.
The opening round of the Flower City tournament had a lot of local flavor as RPI took on St. Lawrence. RPI, of course, is a local college, but St. Lawrence features Rob Schmitz of Scotia. Rob lost his #3 singles match to Anthony Kim of RPI but won at #1 doubles with John Megas in a thrilling 9-8 match over Brandon Mazzara & Sherman Uyeno. The tiebreaker score was 7-4. The doubles win was significant because the final match score was 5-4 St. Lawrence which means a that tiebreaker was the difference between winning and losing the match. In the next round, St. Lawrence fell to top seeded Roberts Wesleyan. They won the 5/6 playoff match against Oneonta 5-4. Individual results are not online at either school for this match or for the semi final match up with Roberts Wesleyan.
The Women played the Hosking Invitational at William Smith College. Teru Greene (Shenedehowa) came up big in the “B” flight. She started with an 8-0 win over Laurel Salladay of Ithaca. Christine Cary (Ravena) also won her first round match in the “B” flight by an 8-5 score over Anna Young of St. Lawrence. Amanada Rosati – from Holy Names – beat Rachel Suresky of Rochester 8-6 in the first round of the B’s. In the second round Teru beat Emma Willard’s Molly Goodman 8-6. Molly had a first round bye, Christine lost to Casey Nicholetti of host Willaim Smith (8-5) and Amanda lost to Carly Siegel of Ithaca 8-5. Teru beat teammate Nicoletti 8-1 in the semi finals and took the championship with an 8-4 win over Siegel. Teru played “A” flight doubles with Kiara Ocasio and won 8-1 over Marylen Santos and Katie Talbott of Geneseo; then won 8-4 over Morgan McNeal/Elkie Vandenbeemt of St. Lawrence; then followed it up with a 8-2 win over Rochester’s Frances Tseng and Cara Genbauffe. They finished it up with a 9-7 win over Alison Tepasi and Alex Vizgaitus in the finals. Amanda Rosati teamed with Sara Sheilds but came up on the short end of an 8-6 decision. They won their consolation round matchup against Siegel and Vizgaitus of Ithaca by a score of 9-8. Both Molly Goodman and Christine Cary lost in the doubles.
Previous to the tournament both Nazareth and Geneseo had played two matches. One was against each other. Geneseo won the match 8-1 but the lone bright spot for Nazareth was Christine’s 7-6, 6-1 win over Katie Talbott at #3 singles. Amanda beat Cara Yinder 6-2, 6-2 to go 2-0 on the year at that point. Amanda teamed with Sara Sheilds for an 8-3 win over Christine and Cara Yinger. Against Stevens Christine won 6-4, 6-3 over Danielle Stewart in the singles but lost 8-6 to Stewart and Julia Guignard (Lowville) in the doubles. Julia beat Cara Yinger 6-4, 6-2 in the singles. Julia played #4 singles. Against Elmira Julia and Danielle won 8-3 in the doubles over Stephanie Tock and Ellen Plowman and beat Tock 6-1, 6-4 in the singles. Julia also played in the Swarthmore Invitational where she won her first round match in the “B” flight against Kate Donches of Haverford 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (6-0) but lost in the second round to eventual winner Rebekah Eichberg (Swarthmore) 6-0, 6-0.