Three Bobcats Claim Singles Titles in the Hilltopper Classic

Three Bobcats Claim Singles Titles in the Hilltopper Classic

WEST LIBERTY -- A trio of Bobcats claimed singles titles here on Saturday as play concluded at the Hilltopper Tennis Classic. The three titles marked the best showing in the tournament for the 'Cats in the past five years and were the most for any of the participating teams.

Ramon Rodriguez (pictured), Nathan Sabate, and Pierre-Olivier Bedard each registered wins in their respective flights in the event, which featured six of the top ranked teams in the Atlantic Region. 

Rodriguez won 6-0 and 7-5 over Bluefield State's Alexander Rudenco to take the No. 2 flight, Sabate eased past Arseniy Sklyarov of Mercyhurst 8-5 for the No. 5 title.

Bedard, a freshman from Montreal who was playing in his first collegiate event, turned in a thrilling 9-8, (8-6) win over West Liberty senior Pablo Cimorra to earn the No. 6 crown. Bedard had earlier defeated Mercyhurst's Sebastian Grosen 9-7 after overcoming several match points against.

"We had a flat start to the day but were able to find a second wind and find success to finish up," said head coach Marc Walters. "Pierre and Nathan were able to pull out wins without really having their best stuff, while Ramon took his game to another level to close out his match. We are not quite there yet, but we are getting closer each weekend to having our games ready the regional ITA in a couple weeks."

The Bobcats also played two semi-final doubles in the morning session, but dropped both matches. Overall on the weekend, the 'Cats won 20 matches and lost only six times.

The men's tennis team will return to action Saturday in the ITA Atlantic Regional at Mercyhurst (Pa.) College.