PRINCETON, N.J. - Junior Justin Fox completed an encouraging weekend at the Princeton Invitational with a hard fought defeat at the hands of Micael Caldwell of Yale, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. Caldwell was the top-ranked player for the Bulldogs. Fox then teamed up with senior Brandon O'Gara for doubles play, where the pair nearly took down Columbia's third-seeded team before falling, 9-7.
Yesterday, Fox was able to take down Columbia's top player, Bogden Borta, en route to his semifinal matchup with Caldwell.
"I was happy with the overall effort the past couple of days," said head coach Nik DeVore. "Justin played some very solid tennis and came very close to beating the top players from two Ivy League teams."
"Justin and Brandon looked solid in doubles, as well," DeVore added. "We've been experimenting with our lineup to get the best possible combinations out there for the ECACTournament next weekend."
DeVore viewed the Princeton Invitational and last weekend's Virginia Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. as important tune-ups for the ECAC Tournament, to be played next weekend in Flushing, N.Y. The winner of that tournament earns a bid to the NCAA National Indoor Championship in February. The play of Fox and O'Gara this weekend further encouraged the first-year head coach as the team prepares for next weekend's tournament.