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Sturgill, Thomas-Smith and Mundt Win Singles Matches on 2nd Day of River City Open

October 12, 2019  Richmond, Va.  RSS
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Thomas-Smith was victorious in one singles match, Saturday.

Thomas-Smith was victorious in one singles match, Saturday.

The Flames men's tennis trio of Ian Sturgill, Deji Thomas-Smith and Steve Mundt each collected one singles victory on the second day of competition at the River City Tennis Open hosted by Richmond, Saturday.

In addition, Sturgill and William Barker claimed third place in the D flight as a doubles pairing. The duo bested East Carolina's Simon Labbe and Federico Masetti 6-2 to finish the weekend with a 2-1 mark.

"Our guys are competing hard. We are planning to finish smart and tough tomorrow and not be concerned about playing perfect tennis," said Flames head coach Derek Schwandt.

The three-day event is being played at the Westhampton Tennis Court and Collegiate School Williams – Bollettieri Tennis Center. Sturgill and Thomas-Smith's wins both earned them spots in the semifinals of their respective draws.

Sturgill bested James Madison's Stefan Petrovic in the quarterfinals of the C draw by a 6-4, 6-1 score to reach the semifinals. However, he dropped a tough battle to VCU's Timo Zgraggen in three sets (1-6, 6-3, 7-6). Sturgill will meet Charlotte's Henry Lieberman in a third-place match, tomorrow.

Thomas-Smith picked up his second singles victory of the weekend as well when he defeated JMU's Will Karpinski in comeback fashion, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. In the semifinals, he fell to Campbell's Ondrej Labik in two sets (7-6, 6-2). Thomas-Smith will square off with Appalachian State's Alex Pavkovich for third place in the E flight on Sunday.

Mundt bounced back from a quarterfinal loss to VCU's Daniel Khin (3-6, 6-2, 6-1) to win in straight sets (6-1, 6-0) over Appalachian State's Alessio Azzalini. The Berlin, Germany, native will take on Campbell's Noe Macquart with fifth place of the D draw on the line on day three.

The third and final day of the tournament will feature one round of singles on Sunday.