By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – One week after being named MVP at the Western Michigan Invitational, Green Bay sophomore Howard Scott (Exeter, England) advanced all the way to the championship match of the Flight A singles bracket on Sunday at the Purdue Fall Invitational.
Scott won his first four singles matches in the three-day, 20-team meet at the Schwartz Tennis Center, starting with an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win on Friday over DePaul’s Filip Dzanko, who was ranked as one of the top-eight seeds in the 32-man flight. The Phoenix sophomore advanced to the semifinals with two more straight-set wins over Valparaiso’s Dave Bacalla (6-3, 6-1) and No. 2 seed Chris Simich (6-0, 6-2) of Louisville.
Scott earned his trip to the title match with a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1 victory over Toledo’s Mark Singni before falling to the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed Nadin Indre of Western Michigan 6-1, 6-2.
Fellow sophomore Leopold Gomez Islinger (Weiden, Germany) also had a strong tournament for the Phoenix, advancing to the semifinals of the Flight B singles bracket. Gomez Islinger knocked off Butler’s Billy Weldon 6-0, 6-2 in his opening match before beating IPFW’s Jonathan Raa 6-1, 6-4 in his second contest. The sophomore took down top-seeded Michael Lippens of Louisville 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to move on to the semis where he fell to second-seeded Mateus Silva of Purdue 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Two Green Bay doubles duos made deep runs in the Flight B doubles bracket, as Gomez Islinger and Rowan Isaaks (London, England) and Scott and Marius Merz (Heidelberg, Germany) both advanced to the semifinals. The teams were a win away from an all-Green Bay title match, but Gomez Islinger and Isaaks fell to Cleveland State’s Jorg van der Vloet and Matt Ford 8-4 and Scott and Merz dropped an 8-1 decision to Toledo’s Garrett Cona and Stjepan Sisko.
The Phoenix won a total of eight singles and seven doubles contests in the main draws over the three days.
Green Bay continues its fall slate next weekend at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
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