Tshirkin-Lucich fall in ITA doubles final
Monday, September 28, 2015
Tshirkin-Lucich fall in ITA doubles final
Axel Lucich (left) and Jakov Tshirkin lost in the doubles final on Saturday at the ITA Southeast Championships in Georgetown, Ky.

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jakov Tshirkin and Axel Lucich lost in the doubles final while Tshirkin, Anatoily Lashkul and Thiago Lopes all reached the Round of 16 in doubles over the weekend at the ITA Southeast Championships in Georgetown, Ky.

Tshirkin and Lucich defeated Brescia University’s Turilo Duck and Fernando Garcia, 8-3, in the Round of 32 before an 8-2 win over Martin Methodist’s Raphael Manzione and Nico Galleguille.

The CU tandem posted an 8-6 victory in the quarterfinals versus Tennessee Wesleyan’s Federico Staksrud and Jamie Lladro and collected an 8-3 victory against Lindsey Wilson’s Igancio Huertas and Alonso Tellez in the semifinals. The Bulldogs lost 8-5 to Lindsey Wilson’s Denis Porcic and Raul Mendez in the finals.

In singles Lopes won twice, defeating Dan Cattani from the University of the Cumberlands, 6-1, 6-1, and Georgetown College’s Tristan Nosek, 6-1, 7-5, before dropping a 6-4, 6-3, decision to Tellez in the Round of 16.

Lashkul followed the same pattern with wins against Asbury University’s Seth Heines, 6-1, 6-1, and Milligan College’s Jackson Lenoir, 6-3, 6-2, before losing 6-1, 6-3, to Dalton State College’s Adam Hornby in the Round of 16.

Tshirkin registered three singles victories, including 6-1, 6-1, over Garcia, 6-4, 6-4, versus the University of Pikeville’s Juan Reyes and 6-1, 6-1, against Martin Methodist’s Brad Prada. He lost in the quarterfinals to Campbellsville University’s Alejandro Soriano, 7-6, 6-1.

Alejandro Rosas-Garcia won his first match of the tourney, 6-2, 6-1, versus Pikeville’s Fabian Fahrtman, before dropping a 6-1, 6-1, decision to Porcic and Dylan Nelson collected a 6-2, 6-2, win against Milligan’s Josh Crain before losing 7-5, 6-4, to Indiana-Southeast’s Jonathan James.

Lucich also won his opening match, 6-0, 6-0, over Georgetown’s Kaushik Kailash before losing to Asbury’s Deuce Gibson in a super tiebreaker.