Nov. 3, 2013
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. (SMU) - Alex Sanders and Nate Lammons continued their strong fall by winning the doubles championship at the Jack Kramer Club Invite in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., on Sunday. Mischa Nowicki had a solid performance in singles action, advancing all the way to the semifinals.
The tournament included some of the top teams in the country, including No. 12 Baylor, No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 USC, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 36 Washington and No. 55 Miami, along with other local teams.
Lammons and Sanders improved to 10-3 this fall in their first season as a doubles pair. As the top seed in the tournament, Lammons and Sanders received a first round bye, meaning their first match would be in the quarterfinals. They first defeated Max Manthou and Viktor Farkas of Washington 8-5, and followed that with a tight 8-7 victory over Omar Aly and Wilfredo Gonzalez of Miami in the semifinals. The SMU duo would clinch the title with an 8-5 win over Washington's Emmet Egger and Jeff Hawke.
"The guys played really well, especially in the finals," SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld said. "I was really proud of the way Nate and Alex played."
Nowicki started his singles run with a round of 32 victory over Jake Jonson, 6-3, 6-3. Nowicki then defeated Miami's Gonzalez 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. Washington's Egger withdrew from the quarterfinal matchup, giving Nowicki a rest before facing Frances Alcantara of Pepperdine in the semifinals, but Alcantara would win, 6-3, 6-3. Alcantara was the 14th-ranked junior player in the world coming out of the Philippines, reaching that ranking in 2009, the same year he won the Australian Open Boy's Doubles event.
Tony Russell made his first appearance of the season for SMU, winning his first singles match over Raphael Davidian of Utah, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Nate Lammons also picked up a singles win, defeated Loyola Marymount's Todd Volmari in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2.
"Mischa played very, very well," Neufeld said. "All the guys had good results in this invitational at a historic venue. This was a great way to finish the fall, with great effort and results."
SMU has now completed its fall season, and will hope to build on its strong fall campaign for the spring dual match season.