The men?s doubles tennis team of Martin Wetzel and Paco Antelo finished second at the Southern Collegiate Championships in Athens, Ga. this weekend. Wetzel and Antelo lost 8-5 in the finals to Angelo Nichelescu and Marcus Westman of South Carolina.
Wetzel and Antelo were ahead 4-3 against the Gamecocks duo, but the match was forced to move indoors where the Bulls tandem were at a disadvantage. Both Antelo and Wetzel are outdoor players who use lobs as a important part of their game.
The South Florida pair had a good showing in the tournament defeating the No. 21 doubles team in the nation of Chris McDonald and Hamid Mirzadeh from Florida 9-8 in the semifinals.
“All in all we did a pretty good job in doubles,” Antelo said. “It?s early in the season so we can get stronger and stronger.”
They also defeated a team from Kentucky by default in the quarterfinals and Michael Chamberlain and Joe Schmuliain of Memphis 8-3 in the round of 16.
The first match of the tournament set the tone for the team by coming from behind to defeat Mike Murray and David Bere of Wake Forest 9-8.
“We played an awesome match, we were down 4-0,” Antelo said. “We played with more confidence, we came back and played awesome in the tiebreaker.”
In singles, Antelo lost in the first round and Wetzel made a run to the quarterfinals.
Antelo, who was ranked No. 6 in the tournament, lost to Oliver Foreman of Middle Tennessee 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Wetzel ended his three-day run by losing to No. 1 Michael Kogan of Tulane 6-4, 6-3 Sunday.
“(Kogan) was a top seeded guy so that doesn?t hurt as bad,” said Wetzel. “I was up in both sets. It was a close match, I just lost the big points”
In one of the highlights of the weekend for the Bulls, Wetzel defeated No. 7 Oliver Levant of Florida in the second round 6-2, 7-6.
“It was a good win for him,” Barr said.
Wetzel won three matches in the tournament including victories against James Cameron of Furman 6-1, 7-5 in the first round and Paul Ciorascu of Ole Miss 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 16.
“They played well. It?s a very tough tournament,” Barr said. “It was the first time out so we know what we need to work on.”
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