Stony Brook, NY - Senior Beau Wills won two matches at Flight C singles to advance to Saturday’s semifinals, and the doubles team of Joseph Erichsen and Leo Pires also won twice to reach the Flight A doubles semifinals at the Stony Brook Invitational Friday.
Wills, who was making his singles debut for the Pride after appearing in just one doubles match last season, defeated Brett Derrington of Stevens Institute of Technology, 8-2. He then downed Rafael Alavarez of ASA College, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, in the quarterfinals. Wills will meet Stony Brook’s Tyler Hoffmann in a semifinal match on Saturday.
Erichsen, a sophomore, and Pires, a sophomore transfer from Hope International, teamed together to defeat Charles Drake and Michael Feldman of Stevens Institute of Technology, 8-6, in their opening round match. The duo then produced an 8-6 win over John Cohen and Jack Vissicchio of Hamilton College in the quarterfinals. Erichsen and Pires will face Concordia’s Daniele Piludu and Benas Majauskas in a semifinal match.
Several other Pride players competed in the event with junior Ari Richman dropping his first round Flight A singles match, 9-7, to John Boling of ASA College. Senior Matthew Gemmell also lost his Flight A match, 8-5, to Matt Heinrich of Stevens Institute of Technology. Senior Adrien Bailly fell in his Flight B first round match, 8-5, to Eric Ambrosio of Quinnipiac, while Erichsen dropped an 8-1 decision to Marcelo Locatelli of Stony Brook in a Flight B first round contest. Pires fell to Stony Brook’s Brandon Stone, 8-1, at Flight C singles.
Bailly and Richman won their opening round match at the A doubles flight, posting an 8-1 win over Hamilton’s Ian Antonoff and Devin White. The pair then lost a quarterfinal match to Heinrich and Ben Foran of Stevens Institute of Technology. Gemmell and Wills had a first round bye at Flight B doubles but lost to Juuso Ojanen and Pulat Babadjanov of Concordia, 8-5, in the quarterfinals.
Day two of the Stony Brook Invitational gets underway at 9 a.m. Saturday.