Men’s tennis opens play at ITA Regionals

Marc-Lennart Harms

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Earlham College men's tennis team opened play at the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championships on Friday with a doubles pairing successfully making it through to the Round of 16.

The Quakers' tandem of Joaquin Lerner and Jason Lawson defeated Greenville's Robert Blume and Austin Burkhart, 8-6, in Friday's Round of 32. Lerner and Lawson will play Case Western Reserve's Mathew Chen and James Hopper on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8:00 a.m.

In singles play, first-year Marc-Lennart Harms defeated Baldwin Wallace's Trey Kernan, 6-0, 6-2, to advance out of the Round of 64, but he was knocked out of the tournament by Washington-St. Louis' Ethan Hillis, 6-3, 6-1, in the Round of 32. Hillis completed the 2018-19 season as the no. 6-ranked individual in all of NCAA Division III.

Also, in singles, Jason Lawson was defeated by Kenyon's Jake Zalenski, 6-0, 6-1, in a Round of 64 match. Zalenski was the no. 15-ranked individual in Division III in the ITA's final 2018-19 individual rankings. Lawson moved to the consolation bracket where he was defeated by John Carroll's Andrew Siciliano, 6-1, 7-5, and was eliminated from the tournament.