Freshmen Carter, Drean Compete at ITA Men's All-American Championships
A pair of UMBC freshmen, Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md./Home School) and Alexandre Drean (Bayonne, France/Lycee Largente) took part in the 2012 ITA Men's All-American Championships held for the eighth straight year, at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Carter won a pair of matches and advanced to the third round of the pre-qualifying singles before he was edged by the 13th-seeded player, Virginia’s John Harrison-Richmond, 6-4, 7-6. The Retriever newcomer had ousted Bradley’s Hamish Weerasinghe, 6-3, 6-2 and Clemson’s Hunter Harrington, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the third round.
Drean battled TCU’s Blake Robert-Wiggins to the limit before falling in three sets, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.
"I was very impressed with the performance of both Justin and Alexandre this past weekend,” head coach Rob Hubbard said. “ It is the first time UMBC has had players accepted into the ITA All American Tournament and they represented UMBC very well.
"Justin had two very strong wins over starters from nationally-ranked programs and almost had a third victory over a top player from UVA. He showed tremendous poise for a freshman in a major national event.
“Alexandre lost a heartbreaker against a starter from nationally-ranked TCU. He exhibited a few nerves at the wrong time, but overall played well. He is coming back home with an understanding of where he needs to improve his game."
The tournament features the largest field of any collegiate tennis championship, as more than 300 players competed for the first national title of the 2012-13 college tennis season.