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Men’s Tennis With Tremendous Weekend At River City Open

Alex Hein

RICHMOND, Va. – Randolph-Macon Men's Tennis had a tremendous weekend, competing with top Division I tennis programs in the University of Richmond's annual River City Tennis Open. Randolph-Macon was the only Division III program invited to the competition.

Randolph-Macon sent senior Grant Sarver, juniors Jack Aprahamian and Alex Hein and freshman Jake Ferner to the Collegiate School courts to compete in the F and G Singles draws and G Doubles draws.

Sarver represented R-MC in the F Singles draw. He fell to George Mason's Chanasorn Nakaurai 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, but defeated Virginia Tech's Ryan Bernstine 7-4, 6-4 in the second round. That put him on a collision course with George Mason's Ryan Charles. Sarver defeated Charles 6-2, 1-0 (Def.), earning 11th place in the F Singles draw.

R-MC's other three representatives faced off in the G Singles draw. Ferner began by facing George Mason's Luke Maxwell in the second round of the championship bracket. Maxwell won 6-1, 6-3. Ferner then fell to James Madison's Josh Raymundo by default to earn 8th place.

Hein won his first match against Appalachian State's Landon Church 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6) in the second round of the consolation bracket. Hein then faced off with Rami Alkhafaji of the Patriots, falling 6-2, 7-5. That set him up in an 11th place match with Per Astrom of Bucknell. Hein won that match and earned the 11th place spot with an 0-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) victory.

Aprahamian began his Open against Ernest Rocabert of Longwood. Rocabert was able to win, setting Aprahamian up with a matchup with Astrom, who won as well. Aprahamian then placed 14th as he faced Jerome Romualdez from the University of Virginia, who won 6-0, 6-2.

In G Doubles, Sarver and Ferner defeated Campbell's Mikael Rodriguez and Appalachian State's Church, who were paired together. The R-MC duo won 6-2, placing them in the Championship match with GMU's Khan and Pollatos. The pair from Fairfax were able to win 6-2, but granted Sarver and Ferner a second place finish.

Aprahamian and Hein had paired up as well, but fell to Khan and Pollatos early. Rodriquez and Church then bested the R-MC pair 6-1, but the Yellow Jackets kept the 4th place finish.

The Yellow Jackets have closed their fall schedule and look forward to the Spring season. Look for a full Fall recap in the next few weeks on