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Lafayette Competes at St. Joseph's Fall Invitational

Sept. 24, 2012

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Sunday Main Draw | Sunday Consolation

PHILADELPHIA - Members of the Lafayette men's tennis team competed in the St. Joseph's Fall Invitational this past weekend at St. Joseph's Maguire Courts and Finnesey Courts. Brandon Goldstein, James Oliver and Gavin Studner each earned victories in the event.

Goldstein defeated St. Joseph's Jeff Kessler in his Flight 1 match despite dropping the first set, 3-6. He controlled the second en route to a 6-1 victory before taking tiebreaker, 11-9. The next round pitted Goldstein against Drexel's Badr Ouabdelmoumen, who knocked off Goldstein 6-3, 6-2 on the way to winning the Flight 1 singles title.

Also in Flight 1 was Oliver, who bested Army's Henry Jang-Milsten in straight sets (7-5, 6-1) before bowing to Delaware's Troy Beneck four and zero. Beneck ultimately fell to Ouabdelmoumen in the flight final.

Studner had a good run after dropping his first tilt, as the freshman won two matches to advance to the final of Flight 4. He dropped Bucknell's Kyle Rosen 6-1, 6-2 before edging St. Joe's Sam Caldwell, 7-5, 7-5. Drexel's Dan Koehler got the best of Studner in the final, winning 6-4, 7-5.

Also competing for Lafayette in singles play was Scott Gelbman, Will Mercorella, Brian Stefanowicz, Brandon Goldstein and Chris Matturri. Stefanowicz's match with Villanova's Kelly Donaldson went three sets, with Donaldson winning 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.

The Leopards didn't fare much better on the doubles side, as the pairs of Goldstein and Oliver and Mercorella and Gelbman each fell by a final of 8-1. Studner and Stefanowicz dropped their doubles bout, 8-5, while Matturri and Brian Pinkard lost 9-7 to Hofstra's duo of Matt Gemmell and Antonio Pena.

Lafayette returns to the court on Oct. 27 for the start of the two-day Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.