BALTIMORE, MD – Junior David Perez and freshman Matt Sklar won the second annual Loyola Invitational on Sunday, defeating teammates Aaron Carey and Joseph Cartledge in the finals. Perez won the invitational for the second straight year as he partnered with classmate Justin Kang.
The invitational was played as a “Points of a Compass” tournament where two players formed a team and played four matches. The teams squared off in doubles before playing two singles matches. The team that won the best-of-three round advanced. The losing pair moved to the consolation bracket. Other schools participating were host Loyola, Mount St. Mary’s and Villanova.
Perez and Sklar opened with a 2-1 win over Blest Jones and Brett Shriver of Loyola. The Blue Jay duo won the doubles match by a 6-3 to take an early lead in the round. In singles, Sklar beat Shriver 6-1, 6-1 while Jones topped Perez 6-2, 6-3. In the second round, the pair picked up another 2-1 win, this time over Darren Mast and Brandon Wortkotter of Mount St. Mary’s. Perez and Sklar took the doubles match by a 6-0 score. Perez then beat Mast 6-3, 7-5 and Wortkotter beat Sklar 7-6 (1), 3-6, 1-0 (6).
In the semifinals, Perez and Sklar won all three matches versus C.J. Cash and Reid Burch of Loyola. JHU took the doubles match, 6-3, and in singles, Perez beat Burch 6-1, 6-4 and Sklar defeated Cash 6-2, 7-5. Then in the all-Blue Jay final, Perez and Sklar beat Carey and Cartledge, 3-0. Perez and Sklar won the doubles point, 6-2. In singles, Perez topped Carey 6-4, 6-4 and Sklar prevailed over Cartledge 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (8).
Kang and freshman Austin Gu won their first round, 3-0, over Peter Landis and Sean McNulty of Mount St. Mary’s. In singles, Kang beat Landis 6-1, 6-4 and Gu beat McNulty 6-2, 6-4. In the quarterfinals, the Blue Jay pair fell to Burch and Cash, 2-1. The Greyhounds won 7-5 in doubles to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Kang beat Bruch 7-5, 6-3 in singles while Cash topped Gu 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (7) to give Loyola the win. Kang and Gu then won their consolation semifinal over Mast and Wortkotter in the North draw. The Mount pair won in doubles 6-4 but Kang (6-1, 6-4) and Gu (6-2, 6-2) each won in singles to take the win, 2-1. The JHU duo then beat Louis Tonon and Zach Burau, also of Mount St. Mary’s, 3-0 to take fifth in the invitational. Kang and Gu won 6-1 in doubles and then swept the singles matches. Kang topped Tonon 7-6 (7), 6-7 (4), 1-0 (4) and Gu beat Burau 6-4, 6-1.
In the bottom half of the draw, Carey and Cartledge opened with a 6-3 doubles win over Matt Phelps and Alastair Hurry of Villanova. Carey then won over Phelps 6-3, 6-3 and Cartledge beat Hurry 6-2, 6-2. The pair then beat Tono and Burau in the quarterfinals. Carey and Cartledge lost the doubles point (6-4) but responded with straight set wins in singles to advance. In the semifinals, Carey and Cartledge lost to Tyler Roth and Stefan Suarez of Villanova, 6-1, in doubles. But once again, the pair won their singles matches to take the overall win. Carey defeated Roth 7-6 (5), 6-1 and Cartledge won 7-6 (9), 6-3 to move on to the finals.
Freshman Will Andrews and sophomore Scott Thygesen lost their first round match to Mateo DeSomocurcio and Jean Armstrong of Mount St. Mary’s. The duo from MSM won in doubles, 6-2. DeSomocurcio then beat Andrews 6-1, 6-2 while Thygesen won 6-3, 6-1 over Armstrong. In the consolation quarterfinals, Andrews and Thygesen won 2-1. They beat Matt Bejian and J.J. Good of Loyola, 6-4, in doubles before splitting the singles matches. In the semifinals, Andrews and Thygesen fell to Tyler Blessing and Brian Hoffarth of Loyola. The JHU pair won in doubles 6-2, but the pair from Loyola took both singles matches. Andrews and Thygesen then lost to Landis and McNulty, 2-1, in the 11tth place match.
Hopkins is back in action on Wednesday, September 28 as the Blue Jays travel to Emmitsburg, MD to take on Mount St. Mary’s.