Ortiz, Thane Reach Semifinals in Top Singles Flight

Ortiz, Thane Reach Semifinals in Top Singles Flight

Pair Prevails in Flight A Consolation Finals of Doubles Play

September 24, 2006 

TOWSON, MD — In Andrew Ortiz (Silver Spring, MD/Gonzaga) and Wynn Thane (Chambersburg, PA/Mercersburg Academy), Goucher not only had two players that reached the Flight A semifinals in singles, but also the pairing that prevailed in the Flight A consolation finals of doubles play at the Goucher Invitational this weekend.

In the first round of singles play in Flight A, Ortiz downed Ben Michelman from Franklin & Marshall 7-6 (1), 6-2 and Thane won by default. In the semifinals, Ortiz suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Andrew Kracht from Catholic and Thane was beaten by John Dillon from Catholic 6-4, 6-4.

Two other players from Goucher reached the semifinals of their respective flights: Chris Covey (Exeter, NH/Exeter) in Flight B and Doug Mangi (Hamden, CT/Hamden Hall) in Flight D. Following a first-round loss in Flight C, Mike Simon (Palo Alto, CA/Palo Alto) of the Gophers battled back through the consolation bracket only to bow to Alex Witt from Franklin & Marshall 7-5, 6-2 in the finals.

In doubles play, Ortiz and Thane lost in the opening round before posting back-to-back wins in the consolation bracket, 8-1 over F&M's Michelman and Brett Joseph and 8-5 over Catholic's Kracht and Will Easterlin.

SINGLES
Flight A:
Andrew Ortiz (G) def. Ben Michelman (FM) 7-6 (1), 6-2; Wynn Thane (G) won by default; Andrew Kracht (C) def. A. Ortiz 6-3, 6-3; John Dillon (C) def. Thane 6-4, 6-4. Flight B: Chris Covey (G) def. Ian Pepek (C) 6-3, 6-4; Brett Joseph (FM) def. Sam Barton (G) 7-5, 6-2; Matthew Townes (M) def. Covey 6-2, 6-2; Will Easterlin (C) def. Barton 6-0, 6-4.Flight C: Matt Congdon (FM) def. Mike Simon (G) 6-1, 6-3; Simon won by default; Alex Witt (FM) def. Simon 7-5, 6-2. Flight D: David Blowe (M) def. Franklin Russell (G) 6-3, 6-1; Doug Mangi (G) won by default; Hunt Eldridge (F) def. Mangi (G) 6-1, 6-3; Mahaney (C) def. Russell 3-6, 6-3, (10-8).
DOUBLES
Flight A:
Juan Ortiz/M. Ortiz (M) def. A. Ortiz/Thane (G) 8-4; Colin Chang/Congdon (FM) def. Covey/Barton (G) 8-5; A. Ortiz/Thane (G) def. Michelman/Brett Joseph (FM) 8-1; Easterlin/Kracht (C) def. Covey/Barton (G) 8-6; A. Ortiz/Thane (G) def. Easterlin/Kracht (C) 8-5. Flight B: Simon/Russell (G) def. Joseph Dumas/Mahaney (C) 8-5; Witt/Eldridge (F) def. Simon/Russell (G) 8-6.