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M. Tennis's Muppidi Excels at Crimson Tide Invitational

Freshman Matt Wagner tallied one singles and one doubles win.

Freshman Matt Wagner tallied one singles and one doubles win.

Oct. 31, 2011

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – In the last fall tournament of the season, senior Akash Muppidi played his best, winning his flight at the Crimson Tide Invitational hosted by Alabama over the weekend. The two-seed in the bracket, he tallied five victories to close out the fall.

The Trumbull, Conn., native defeated Wake Forest’s Danny Kreyman, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4, to take the title on Oct. 30. In semifinal action, he took down Chris Simich of Louisville in two hard-fought sets, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Muppidi also beat Southern Mississippi’s Paulo Alvarado (7-6 (6), 0-6, 6-3) and Ball State’s Dalton Albertin (6-0, 6-3), to advance.

Muppidi paired with junior Billy Grokenberger in double action to capture two wins. The duo defeated South Alabama’s Hanno Bartsch and Blake Gregor, 8-4, and Middle Tennessee’s Marlon Brand and Cameron Dickerson, 8-5. They fell to Tulane’s Idan Mark and Joe Young, 9-7, in a close battle in the quarterfinals.

Senior Alex Skinner and junior Klaus Puestow paired up to win one match, defeating the Davidson pair of Ethan Kallick and Nicky Kunz, 8-5, before losing to Alabama’s Daniil Proskura and Carlos Taaborga, 8-2. Sophomore Jonathan Raude and freshman Matt Wagner also tallied a win against Tulane’s Theam Frenkel and Iain Sneddon, 8-4. They dropped their second match to Wake’s Davis Hopkins and Amough Prabhakar, 8-6. Senior Rob Ankner and freshman Joe Davison recorded a win after receiving a bye in the first round. They beat Tulane’s Takuma Ohash and Cedric Rutsaert, 9-7, and then fell to Alabama’s Harris Barnard and Stuart Kenyon, 8-1.

Wagner was the only other Eagles to notch a win in singles action, defeating Samford’s Garrison Laduca, 6-4, 6-0, in the first round of his draw. The newcomer fell to Virginia Tech’s Marko Lovrinovic, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

The Eagles wrapped up their fall season and return to action on Jan. 20 in a home match against Bryant University.


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