The power doubles pairing of Tomas Rodriguez and Peyton Gatti continued its run and secured a berth in the main doubles Semifinals after earning a pair of victories in the Round of 16 and 8 at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional in Knoxville, Tenn.
Seeded ninth, Rodriguez and Gatti took down MTSU's Francisco Rocha and Chris Edge, a five seed, 8-5 in the Round of 16 to advance. In the quarterfinal round, the duo took down unseeded Thibault De Negri and Eli Herran of Ball State, 8-1, to become the first duo in program history to reach the Round of 4.
Tomorrow's main doubles semifinals will be held at Noon.
Rodriguez and Gatti will face off against Memphis's Oscar Cutting and David Stevenson, the top seed. Rodriguez dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Cutting on Friday in the main Round of 64 singles draw.
Adding to Saturday's success, Chattanooga saw multiple wins in the consolation side of the bracket. Ryan Mudre and Jacob Marshall advanced in the doubles Consolation Rounds behind a pair of tight victories. The team earned an 8-7 (6) win over Austin Peay's Frederic Schlossman and Anton Damberg before posting an 8-6 win over Lipscomb's Maksim Bogdanovich and David Skrabut. Due to a withdrawal, Mudre and Marshall have advanced to tomorrow's Consolation Championship Round.
In singles consolation action, Mudre and Jordan McClure survived the day and claimed spots in tomorrow's Consolation Quarterfinals. Mudre battled in the first match of the day (1-6, 6-2 [10-4]) over Sam Fischer of Alabama ahead of another hard-fought win (7-6(4), 6-3) over Oliver Andersson of Austin Peay.
McClure posted a clean 6-0, 6-1 win over Skrabut (LIP) before notching a 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory over Charlie Temming, a Xavier representative. Kerim Hyatt claimed a victory in the C-Round of 32 (7-5, 7-5) against another Xavier rep in Brett Winters. Hyatt fell in the next round (6-4, 3-6 [10-6]) to David Mizrahi of Louisville.
"A big day across the board," said head coach Chuck Merzbacher. "I couldn't be more pleased with how tough we were in every match we played, doubles and singles.
"The guys just refused to go away and competed extremely well. We're excited for tomorrow's matches."
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