Drean, Kononov Shine in Sunday Men's Tennis Action

Drean, Kononov Shine in Sunday Men's Tennis Action

UMBC vs. Arkansas/GW Results, Navy Fall Invite

Tulsa, Ok. -  UMBC junior Jaan Kononov (Talinn, Estonia) won his third and fourth matches of the pre-qualifying tournament and advance to the qualifying round of the 2014 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships.


Classmate Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) lost a tough 7-6 (6), 7-5 decision to Logan Staggs of Northwestern in the third round.


Kononov, a transfer from NCAA Division II power Armstrong State, continued his run through the tournament with a relatively easy third round victory of Jonny Rigby of SIU-Carbondale, 6-1, 6-4. The junior then waged a tough battle with Eduardo Segura of Georgia Tech before prevailing, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.


He will advance to face fifth-seeded Brett Clark of North Carolina in the opening round of qualifying.


Pre-Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Jaan Kononov (UMBC) def. Jonny Rigby (SIU-Carbondale) 6-1, 6-4

Logan Staggs (Northwestern) def. [2] Justin Carter (UMBC) 7-6(6), 7-5


Pre-Qualifying Singles – Final Round

Jaan Kononov (UMBC) def. Eduardo Segura (Georgia Tech) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Annapolis, Md. – In other men's tennis action on Sunday, junior Alex Drean (Bayonne, France) completed a sweep of his matches and was the No. 1 flight winner in both singles and doubles at the Navy National Fall Invitational.

UMBC completed play in the weekend event by facing a combined squad from Arkansas and George Washington.

Drean shared the No. 1 flight title with senior Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md. /The Bullis School) as the duo squeaked out an 8-7 (5) victory over Juan Marino/Johan den Toom of Arkansas. Drean and Gray won all three doubles matches versus Delaware, Navy and Arkansas in three straight days.

Drean shook off a first set 7-5 setback to den Toom and rallied to defeat the Razorback, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. He won all six matches he competed in over the three days.

The doubles tandem of sophomore Biyik Akinshemoyin (Laurel, Md./Resevoir) and freshman Jeremy Gibbens (Ontario, Canada) also earned the No. 3 doubles flight victory. They defeated the Arkansas duo of David Herrerias/Branch Terrell, 8-4, to improve to 2-1 on the weekend and won the tie-breaker via head-to-head competition over the 2-1 Razorback side.

Junior Eliott Loubatie was the other Retriever victor on the day, winning at No. 2 singles, 2-6 6-2 6-3, over GW's Chris Fletcher.