East Carolina University sophomore tennis player Diogo Marques won his first tournament draw this past weekend against Liberty University at the Liberty Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Marques competed as a 4th seed in the red draw during the tournament. In each of his first three rounds, Marques lost his first set then battled back to win the second and third sets to advance to the next round. Marques played his final round against Liberty sophomore Josh Wilson, where he won the first set, lost the second, then pulled ahead in the tie breaking finish, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.
"Winner winner, chicken dinner! Congrats to Diogo for his first tournament win in college," head coach Shawn Heinchon said in a press release. "He did a great job of hanging in a couple of matches and just competing his butt off in difficult, hot conditions. The end result was a tournament win. Well done.”
Congratulations to Diogo Marques who earned the first 🏆 of the fall season! Check out how all the Pirates did at the Liberty Invite this weekend ⤵️ #GoPirates☠️📰https://t.co/PdKtpAMo93 pic.twitter.com/ADVjkqgcr8— ECU Men's Tennis (@ecutennisM) September 16, 2019
Junior tennis player Augustin Tamaganone made his first appearance with the Pirates. His debut proved successful with 3-1 singles finish and winning the consolation half of his draw. Also competing in the singles category was sophomore Simon Labbe and freshmen Frederico Masetti and Nelson Stafford. Masetti finished the tournament 2-1 then withdrew from his final match.
In doubles, Marque and Tamaganone lost their first matchup against Liberty, 6-3. The duo then went on to win the consolation championship round for their draw. Labbe and Masetti won the first round of their draw then went on to play against fellow teammate Stafford, who was paired with Virginia Tech sophomore Ryan Bernstine for the doubles rounds. Labbe and Masetti won the match 6-2, then both teams went on to lose their final match-ups.
This coming weekend the Pirates will stay in North Carolina and travel to Greensboro for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Fall Invitational. The tournament is scheduled to last from Friday to Sunday.