CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Boise State men’s tennis player James Meredith overcame a day-two upset at the Virginia “One-Plus-One” Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend (Sept. 25-27) en route to a fifth-place finish, while also knocking off No. 16 ranked Clay Donato of North Carolina on the final day of competition.
Meredith, who opened the tournament with a No. 3 seed in the A-2 bracket and ranked No. 53 nationally, kicked-off tournament play Friday with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Luke Marchese of Duke. His run at a tournament title would be upended, however, as he lost to Virginia’s Steven Rooda, 6-2, 7-6 in the second round.
The loss bumped Meredith into the fifth-place bracket, where he would face Donato, the No. 2 seed. It took three sets, but Meredith found a way to pull the upset, beating Donato 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. The win propelled Meredith into the fifth-place match against No. 72 Simon Childs of Louisville, who Meredith beat, 6-2, 6-2.
Meredith was joined by teammate Vicente Joli, who also competed for Boise State in the A-1 bracket of the tournament. Joli opened the weekend with a win against Julien Rousel of Southern Mississippi, 6-1, 6-2. He would fall to the consolation bracket after the quarterfinal round, though, losing to No. 50 Houston Barrick of Virginia, 6-2, 6-2.
In the fifth-place bracket Joli would drop two hard fought matches to end his weekend, with the first coming against Calin Paar of Nebraska, 6-3, 1-6, 10-5. His final loss would come 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 against Viktor Maksimcuk of Louisville, to end his weekend with a 1-3 record.
Meredith and Joli also teamed up in doubles action, working their way to the championship match of their bracket. The duo, who entered the tournament ranked No. 41 nationally, opened the weekend up with a quarterfinal win against Jose Hernandez and Zach Hunter of North Carolina, 8-2. They followed that up with an 8-4 win in the semifinals against Tobias Fanselow and Benjamin Chomette of Old Dominion. Despite a strong effort in the championship, Meredith and Joli’s run would finally come to an end with an 8-6 loss to No. 17 ranked Michael Shabaz and Jarmere Jenkins.
The Bronco men will now set their sights on a pair of tournaments next Friday-Sunday (Oct. 2-4), as Boise State will compete at the Fresno State Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif. and the Pre-Qualifying All-American Tournament in Tulsa, Okla.