ERIE, Pa. -- The freshmen trio of Lukas Laipold (pictured), Alexander Lyudinovskiy, and Pierre Olivier Bedard remain in contention for titles after the second day of action in the ITA Atlantic Regional.
Laipold, playing in the singles main draw, eased into the semifinals with straight set victories over Charleston's Jamie Gibson and Bluefield State's Platon Gud. Laipold will face off against top-seeded Vitor Albanese of Edinboro at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Pennbriar Racquet Club.
Albanese reached the semis with a 6-2 6-4 win over Wesleyan junior Ramon Rodriguez earlier in the day. Rodriguez held break points in the final game to even the match before falling. In his first match of the day, Rodriguez saved six match points while coming back from 9-4 down in a match tiebreaker en route to a 4-6, 6-2, (12-10) win over Matt Tully of West Liberty.
Lyudinovskiy moved into the B Singles semis wins over West Liberty's Pablo Cimorra and Fairmont State's Dillon Early. Lyudinovskiy dispatched Cimorra 6-0, 6-1, and then stopped Early by the score of 6-2,6-4. He will now face FSU's Gus Pachane in the semifinal.
Laipold and Bedard also will be playing in the B Doubles final on Sunday after defeating Edinboro's Thomas McCoy and Eric Anderson 8-4 in the semifinals. They will face another duo from the Fighting Scots, Mateus Santos and Koija Heim in the finals.
"Lukas played about as solid as you could ask considering the stage and the level," said Bobcat head coach Marc Walters. "He was patient with his approach and counter shots and went on the offensive at the appropriate times. I was impressed with his poise as well, although it has been the same for him since he got here. He handles pressure with little change in his process."
Lyudinovskiy was never in jeopardy of being broken during the first three rounds, despite fighting off a resilient charge from Early in set two. After breaking the FSU freshmen in game one of the second set, the two traded holding service right to the end when Lyudinovskiy held to finish the match.
"I am really enjoying watching Alex play, and his level has been consistently high in each match," said Walters. "The winning is one thing, but his mental approach and tempo is very even-keeled no matter the score or place in the match."
Singles will resume at 9 a.m Sunday in all events, with doubles to follow. The champions from the A draws will advance to the ITA small college championships in Surprise, Ariz. later next month.