MARISA MILLER | STAFF REPORTER
The Butler men’s tennis team travelled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the Louisville Invitational from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Other participating teams included host Louisville, Austin Peay, Campbellsville, Indiana, Lipscomb, Marquette, Morehead State, Murray State, Middle Tennessee State, Northwestern Ohio, Purdue, SIU-Edwardsville and Kentucky.
Adrian Mag had the most success out of all of the Bulldogs. He beat his first three opponents in Flight B and did not drop a single set. Mag defeated Enrique Samudio of Morehead State, Kauai Linardi of Lipscomb, and Gleb Sklyr of Marquette.
In the semifinals, Mag took the first set against George Hedley of Louisville 6-3 before dropping the second set 7-5. He would come back to win the third set and match 6-3 and advance to the finals. In the finals, Mag would lose in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to Kevin Lai of Kentucky to end up with second place.
Mason Dragos won his first round match in Flight A by defeating Brian Tsao of Louisville 7-5, 6-4. He would lose in the second round to Gian Issa of Middle Tennessee State 6-1, 6-1.
Ari Gerstein and Temilope Adelakun both were successful in their respective consolation brackets. Gerstein defeated Scott Christian of Marquette and Daniel Cardenas of Lipscomb to advance to the Flight B Consolation semifinals. He would fall in the semifinals to Philippe Courteau of Lipscomb 6-4, 6-2. Adelakun would advance to the Flight C Consolation finals after defeating Carson Panovec of Lipscomb 6-2, 1-6, 10-6. He would drop the finals match to Johan Fuzellier of Campbellsville 6-4, 1-6, 10-3.
In doubles action, the Bulldogs were only able to come away with one victory in Flight B. Mikheil Khmiadashvili and Alex Woldmoe defeated Matt Bouggy and Renan Hanayama of Purdue 8-5 in the first round before falling in the second round.
The Bulldogs do not return to the court again until Jan. 20 to face off against Ohio State for the start of their spring season.