Flushing Meadows, N.Y. - Sophomores Mark Milbrandt and Rob Wong each reached the finals in their respective brackets on Saturday at the USTA Collegiate Invitational, while freshman Zach Katz won both his matches at the St. Joseph's Invitational.
Wong was impressive on Saturday, winning both his matches in three sets to advance to the finals of No. 5 singles. In his first match of the day, he lost the first set to Guanhus Chen but took the final two for the 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 win. In the semis, he also won in three, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 10-6. He faces off against Dartmouth's Cameron Ghorbani in the final.
Following a loss in his first match, sophomore Mark Milbrandt rebounded to take both of his matches on Saturday to reach the finals in the consolation bracket of No. 4 singles. In the quarters he won easily, 6-1, 6-1, and in the semis he was victorious in straight sets once again, 6-0, 6-4.
In No. 6 singles, senior Zach Gorn reached the semifinals due to an injury by his opponent and then advanced to the finals with a 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 win over Zach Dean.
Senior Hicham Laalej saw his bid for a championship at No. 1 singles end in the semifinals, losing scored a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory in the quarterfinals before falling 6-3, 7-6 (40 to Daniel Hoffman in the semis.
In doubles play, the team of Jason Magnes and Jason Lin advanced to the No. 4 doublesfinal after victories over Maris, Dartmouth and Army. They will face Richardson/Yegya-Raman in the finals on Sunday.
At St. Joseph's, freshman Zach Katz won his first match of the tournament, defeating the Hawks' Paul Ganev in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. He then advanced to Sunday's semifinals after his opponent withdrew and will now face Courtney Scott of Delaware.
In doubles, the duo of Katz and Turudic advanced to the finals of the Flight A doubles with an 8-4 victory.
Both tournaments wrap up on Sunday.