Blacksburg, Va. – UMBC senior Jaan Kononov (Talinn, Estonia) advanced to the quarterfinals USTA/ITA Regional Championships, besting a pair of players in straight sets in matches played at Virginia Tech University.
Kononov defeated Liberty's Egon Samaai, 6-2, 6-4, and then triumphed over 16th-seeded Aaron Gomez, of the host Hokies, 6-4, 6-3.
The Retriever season will take on another player from Virginia Tech, as he faces sixth-seeded Eduordo Tessaro on Monday.
Both Retriever doubles teams fell in quarterfinal action this morning. Kononov and classmate Melker Svard fell to the fourth-seeded squad from GW, while seniors Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) and Alex Drean (Bayonne, France) were ousted by the second-seeded duo from Virginia Tech by an 8-4 margin.
USTA/ITA Regional Championships (Blacksburg, Va.)
Loubatie/Akinshemoyin, UMBC def. Ward/Ferguson, Morgan State, 8-4
Loubatie/Akinshemoyin, UMBC def. Matheson/Poynter, Liberty, 8-6
Kononov/Svard, UMBC def. Salinas/Moorehead, JMU, 8-3
Carter/Drean, UMBC def. Caine/Akins, Duquesne, 8-6
Round of 16
Kononov/Svard, UMBC def. Fifea/Mobius, VCU, 8-6
Carter/Drean, UMBC def. Ishizaka/Lima, VCU, 8-6
Contini/Tessaro (5), VT def. Loubatie/Akinshemoyin, UMBC, 8-4
Zelenkow/Tjverijonas, GW (4) def. Kononov/Svard, 8-3
Bjerrehus/Monteiro, VT (2) def. Carter/Drean, 8-4
Singles – First Round
Jeremy Field, Morgan State, def. Biyik Akinshemoyin, UMBC, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4
Michael Weindl, ODU def. Melker Svard, UMBC, 6-4, 6-0
Jacob Nicolussi, ODU def. Alex Drean, UMBC, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1
Scott Huang, Wm. & Mary def. Justin Carter, UMBC, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1)
James Aronson, Richmond def. Eliott Loubatie, UMBC, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1
Singles – Second Round
Jaan Kononov, UMBC def. Philip Mobius, VCU, 6-3, 6-2
Singles – Third Round
Jaan Kononov, UMBC def. Egon Samaai, Liberty, 6-2, 6-4
Singles – Round of 16
Jaan Kononov, UMBC def. Aaron Gomez, Va. Tech, 6-4, 6-3