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Liberty Men's Tennis Set to Host ITA Atlantic Regional

October 18, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The ITA Atlantic Regional Championship, hosted by Liberty, starts on Thursday at the Cook Tennis Center.

The ITA Atlantic Regional Championship, hosted by Liberty, starts on Thursday at the Cook Tennis Center.

Tournament Central

The Liberty men's tennis program is set to host its first ITA Atlantic Regional Championship, beginning on Thursday at the Cook Tennis Center.

The six-day event will be held on the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts at the Cook Tennis Center. The facility features 18 championship courts and stadium seating for the six main courts. The 22-team event will begin on Thursday with two rounds of singles qualifying, starting at 11 a.m.

"We are honored to host the ITA Regional at Liberty. It's a great opportunity to compete against the best players in the Atlantic Region on our home courts," stated Liberty Men's Tennis Head Coach Derek Schwandt. "Our guys have been working hard, and we will focus on competing our hardest each point."

Results from each day of the tournament can be found on the ITA Atlantic Regional Tournament Central page on LibertyFlames.com. Tournaments draws will be posted on the tournament central page as soon as they are made available. In addition, each day of the regional will feature a live results page that will be updated periodically throughout the day.

Schwandt's squad, featuring seven players, will all be competing at the tournament: junior Max Borcuti, sophomore Chase Burton, senior Diego Castano, junior Eddie Gutierrez, freshman Sebastian Mermersky, junior Alex Poynter and sophomore Vince Salas.

Results from the tournament, as well as a recap of the day's action, will be available on LibertyFlames.com at the conclusion of each day of play.

Tournament Schedule
Thursday (11 a.m. start): Two rounds of singles qualifying
Friday (9 a.m. start): Round of 64 doubles, round of 128 singles
Saturday (9 a.m. start): Round of 32 and 16 doubles, round of 64 singles
Sunday (9 a.m. start): Quarterfinals of doubles, round of 32 and 16 singles
Monday (10 a.m. start): Semifinals and finals of doubles, quarterfinals of singles
Tuesday (10 a.m. start): Semifinals of singles, finals of singles

Liberty Player Breakdown
Max Borcuti
Borcuti, a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a singles qualifying entrant who will have to earn his way into the main draw. The junior has three singles and three doubles victories to his credit, this fall.

His most recent singles triumph came at the Aztec Fall Invitational on Oct. 7, a three-set victory (5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)) over Grand Canyon's Leonardo Andreolli.

Chase Burton
A native of Naples, Fla., Burton, a 2017 Big South All-Conference singles first team honoree, will be entered in the main draw singles bracket. Burton is 4-4 in singles matches, this fall, and 4-3 in doubles alongside partner Sebastian Mermersky. Burton and Mermersky have captured their last three doubles bouts and are the No. 15 seed in the doubles main draw.

Diego Castano
Castano, the only senior on the 2017-18 Flames tennis team, will be paired with Alex Poynter in doubles. The duo is 5-2, this fall, and captured the White doubles flight by going 3-0 at the Liberty University Invitational, Sept. 22-24 at the Cook Tennis Center.

The Statesville, N.C., native is 4-4 in singles in his final fall campaign and is the program's active leader in singles wins (53).

Eddie Gutierrez
Gutierrez owns the best singles mark (6-2) of any Liberty player, thus far this season. The Mexico City, Mexico, native has reached the final in each of his two appearances, this fall (Liberty University Invitational, Aztec Fall Invitational), finishing runner-up in both tournaments.

In doubles, Gutierrez and Vince Salas are an even 3-3 on the year.

Sebastian Mermersky
Mermersky is 4-4 in singles and 4-3 in doubles in his first season as a Flame. The Washington, D.C., native impressed in his collegiate debut, posting a 3-1 mark at the season-opening Liberty University Invitational (Sept. 22-24). He defeated Charlotte's Siem Fenne, 7-5, 6-3, for his first career victory, Sept. 22.

Mermersky and Chase Burton enter doubles play on a recent hot streak. The tandem claimed three matches on the final two days (Oct. 7-8) of the Aztec Fall Invite in San Diego, Calif.

Alex Poynter
Poynter, the tallest Liberty player at 6-foot-5, and Diego Castano continue to exhibit their skill in doubles competition. The duo captured a team-high 10 doubles matches during the 2016-17 academic year and is already halfway there, this season (5-2 record).

In singles, the Houston, Texas, native will have to earn a spot in the main draw with a strong effort in the qualifying rounds.

Vince Salas
Hailing from Angeles, Philippines, Salas enters the ITA Atlantic Regional with the second-best singles mark on the squad at 5-3. The sophomore won his last three matches at the Aztec Fall Invitational (Oct. 6-8) in San Diego, Calif. 

Salas and Eddie Gutierrez captured their last two doubles matches in San Diego and will look to carry over the momentum.