State report: College of Charleston’s Encinas wins Last Chance Fall Invite tennis tournament
MOUNT PLEASANT — College of Charleston freshman Rodrigo Encinas outlasted teammate Alon Faiman on Sunday afternoon to claim the singles title in the home-hosted Last Chance Fall Invite at the C of C Tennis Center on Patriots Point.
Encinas, a native of Santiago, Chile, made it to the final amongst a talented field of student-athletes representing two ranked programs in Virginia Tech and Georgia State. He defeated Faiman, 7-5, 6-3, to claim the title.
“We had some really quality competition here at this tournament, so For Rodrigo and Alon to get to the final was impressive,” said Cougars coach Jay Bruner. “It’s Rodrigo’s second title of the year as a freshman. It’s a good start to his collegiate career.”
Other Cougars results included Crescente Lesser finishing the tournament 3-1 after beating Virginia Tech’s Jai Corbett 3-6,6-2 (10-8); Stephen Hardy beat Nic Wilson of Virginia Tech 6-3,7-5; and Matt Daly defeated Georgia State’s Valentin Horvat 5-7,6-2, 6-1.
College of Charleston’s perfect streak through the Colonial Athletic Association came to an end on Senior Day as the Cougars fell 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21, 15-8 to Northeastern at TD Arena.
College of Charleston (21-5, 11-1 CAA) won the first two sets before Northeastern (17-9, 9-3) rallied to end The Cougars’ 11-match winning streak.
Darcy Dorton led the Cougars with 18 kills and 14 digs. Melissa Morello had 17 kills.
College of Charleston, which will host the CAA tournament Nov. 22-24 at the North Charleston Convention Center, will look to win the conference outright with a win in one of next weekend’s matches on the road. C of C travels to Towson on Friday, followed by a Saturday match at Delaware.