PENSACOLA, Fla. - Junior Chester Espie and sophomore Egor Panyushkin advanced to the third and final round of qualifying as the Stetson men's tennis team competed at the ITF Future Tournament this weekend.
Espie opened the tournament by defeating Edgardo Fransisco Saez of Argentina by a score of 6-0, 7-5 in round one. He then won 7-6(3), 6-0 against Cedric Rutsaert of Belgium in the second round. Finally, he fell to to Sebastian Rey of Great Britain in round three.
Panyushkin, meanwhile, won by a score of 6-0, 6-3 against American Amyn Soldier-Mukadam in the first round of competition. In round two he matched up with his Associate Head Coach Christophe Noblet, coming out on top 3-6, 7-5, 6-0. Panyushkin lost to Ilya Vasilyev of Russia in the third round.
“Anytime a player wins a match in a professional tournament like an ITF Future, it is noteworthy," Noblet said. "Having Chester and Egor reaching the third qualifying round was definitely encouraging for the upcoming spring season.”
Noblet reached the second round to take on Panyushkin after defeating Sebastian Sanchez of Colombia by a score of 6-2, 6-4.
"Overall, this fall semester was extremely beneficial for the team," Noblet said. "Everyone had the chance to play a lot of matches and compete against players from some of the best tennis programs in the nation. Our focus is now on the spring season and the first match against Georgia Tech on January 11. What an existing way to kick-off the season!"
"The Bedford Cup was our best fall tournament overall, with two players reaching the quarterfinals and a doubles pair making the semifinals," Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote added. "Having all the DI schools in Florida present for that event makes it very competitive."