Men's Tennis Wins Two Titles in St. Joseph's Invitational as Adewumi, Phiri Triumph

Mwali Phiri won his semifinal and final match in straight sets.
Mwali Phiri won his semifinal and final match in straight sets.

St. Joes Invitational

Philadelphia—Junior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) and senior Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tuckahoe/Tyler JC) each won their flights at this weekend's Saint Joseph's Fall Invitational.

Adewumi captured singles flight No. 2. He opened play on Saturday with a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Penn's Dmitry Bury, then turned around and rallied to outlast Delaware's Andrew Vorobyov, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 10-7.  On Sunday morning, the America East All-Academic team member again dropped the first set, but recovered to nip Kacpar Rams of Temple, 2-6, 6-0, 11-9.

Adewumi took the flight with an ensuing 6-3, 6-4 victory over Delaware's Chris Hincker.

Phiri had a first-round bye and would edge Delaware's Jeff Marshall, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 10-8 in the Flight 3 quarterfinals on Saturday. On Sunday morning, Phiri won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, over St. Joseph's Dan Barrus. He took the title with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Delaware's Ryan Kent.

The duo of Adewumi and Phiri teamed up in at No. 1 singles and won two matches before falling, 8-4, in the semi-finals to eventual champions Turudic/Katz of Penn.

Sophomores Adam Duprat (Bobigny, France) and Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) and senior Shane Yap (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) suffered first-round setbacks in the first, second and fourth flights respectively.  

The team will compete in the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. on Oct. 8-10.