On a busy day for the Oregon men’s tennis team, senior Thomas Laurent split a pair of matches at the ITA All-American in Tulsa, Okla., and the Ducks played their way into three finals at the UCSB Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif. Among that group, the duo of Armando Soemarno and Charles Roberts will play for the A Flight doubles title.
Laurent’s run at the ITA All-American in Tulsa came to an end Saturday afternoon with a straight-set loss to top-seeded Nuno Borges of Mississippi State, 7-5, 6-1. However, by advancing to the quarterfinals, Laurent did secure a spot in the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships (Nov. 7-11) in Surprise, Ariz.
In his first match Saturday, Laurent dropped the opening set but responded with a pair of breaks in the second to send the match into a decisive third frame. Georgia’s Jan Zielinski, the No. 22-ranked player in the ITA preseason poll, rode an early break to a 4-1 lead. Facing elimination, Laurent rattled off the final five games of the match to complete the comeback victory, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Soemarno and Roberts advanced to the A Flight final with an 8-6 win over Washington. Another Pac-12 opponent—Jack Barber and Will Genesen of Stanford—awaits in Sunday’s title match. In the B Flight doubles draw, Ty Gentry and Joshua Charlton had an 8-7 (4) semifinals victory over Cal Poly and will now take on the UCLA duo of Matthew Tsolakyan and Max Wild.
In singles play, sophomore Riki Oshima won twice Saturday including a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jackson Suh of Cal in the B Flight semifinals. He is set to face Joseph Rotheram of UCSB for the flight title. Oshima and doubles partner Emmanuel Coste are also in line to play in Sunday’s third-place match in the C Flight.