PHILADELPHIA - Freshmen Zach Katz and Ivan Turudic both advanced to play Sunday at the Columbia Invitational.
Playing in Flight A singles, Trudy's road wasn't easy as his first match of the day was against No. 1 seed and defending tournament champion, Matija Petocic of Princeton. The freshman played tough, splitting the first two sets, 6-2, 2-6. Turudic went up 9-4 in the third set tiebreaker, but Petocic saved five match points to take a 10-9 lead. Turudic then hit a drop shot winner to save match point, and saved one more match point before finally prevailing 13-11.
In the semifinal, Turudic once again gothimself into trouble against St. John's No. 1, Pavel Cerny. He dropped the first set 7-6, but fought back to win the second 7-6 and ultimately prevailed 10-6 in the third set tiebreaker. Turudic faces off against No 3 seed Kevin Kung of Columbia in the final.
"Ivan was absolutely clutch under pressure today," said DeVore. "He really showed what he is capable of, and against one of the best players in the Ivy League and Northeast Region."
In the Flight B quarterfinals, Katz defeated Columbia's Motsumoto 7-5, 7-6 to move into the semifinal. Katz got off to a good start in the semis against Columbia's Tizian Bucherm, winning the first set 6-4. However, Bucher came back strong to take the second set 6-2 and prevailed in the tiebreaker 10-2, to take the match.
In doubles play, Turudic and Katz defeated Princeton's duo of Kim/Lin 8-2 to move into the Flight A doubles championship where they will take on Farleigh Dickinson's team of Shams/Svarka.