ST. LOUIS – The Hanover men's tennis team competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional championships Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29.
Highlighting play at the competitive event, featuring some of the nation's top singles players and doubles tandems, was freshman Pablo Gallart Polo (Serra, Spain). Gallart picked up the lone win over two days for Hanover, earning a 6-2, 6-3 decision in his opening round singles match over the No. 3 seeded player from Kenyon (Ohio). With the win, Gallart advanced to Saturday's bracket quarterfinals for the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Singles "C" Division. On Saturday though, the freshman fell in straight sets to his opponent from Millikin (Ill.).
Junior Martin Zarate (San Miguel de Tecuman, Argentina) and freshman Keith Asplund (Jeffersonville, Ind.) appeared in singles and doubles play this weekend. Both players were in the ITA Singles "Open" Division, which featured a bracket of 128 players.
Zarate fell 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round of singles play to the No. 22 seed, Alejandro Rodriguez, from Chicago (Ill.). The junior received a tough draw, as Rodriguez was a semifinal participant in this event last season and has advanced to Sunday's quarterfinals this fall.
Asplund nearly stole the opening set of his first singles match against No. 26 Alvaro Veal of Augustana (Ill.), but ultimately fell, 7-5, 6-2. Veal would eventually be eliminated in the round of 64.
Both Zarate and Asplund would go on to suffer straight set losses in their consolation bracket singles matches as well. Friday continued for the two though, as they paired up to take on the No. 4 seed in the 64-team open doubles tournament. The Kalamazoo (Mich.) pair of Tytus Metzler and Ian Yi took the 8-2 decision and as of the writing of this story, will compete in the tournament's Round of 16 Saturday evening.
The ITA Regionals will continue through Monday, Oct. 1, but the Panthers have concluded their participation at the event. Hanover will return to action with a dual match against Indiana-East at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14.
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