Grand Rapids, Mich. - For the second time in as many years, sophomore Vlad Khudziy won the singles championship at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Tournament and then teamed up with Augusto Velez to claim the ITA doubles crown as well.
As the No. 1 seed Khudziy breezed through the first two rounds of the tournament, beating Beka Buchukiri of Roberts Wesleyan 6-1, 6-1 and Louis Thomas of Walsh 6-2, 6-0 on Thursday. He continued to make quick work of his opponents with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Vitaly Schumilove of Davenport. Against Goshen’s Csaba Laszlo, Khudziy easily won the first set 6-1 and was up 3-0 in the second before an injury forced Laszlo to retire.
In semifinal action, Khudziy defeated Travis Wolf of Aquinas 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the championship match where he dropped the first set 6-4 to Aquinas’ Aaron Hendrick before storming back with 6-2 second set win and then taking control of the tiebreaker (10-5) to defend his title.
In doubles action, Khudziy and Velez dominated the competition. Their closest match came in the opening round, an 8-6 decision over Goshen’s Laszlo and Reipolskyi. They went on to defeat Darling and Schuster of Spring Arbor 8-5 and then cruised to 8-1 wins over UNOH’s Conceicao and Kuwada and UNOH’s Borwn and Cardenas to advance to the championship match where the Forester pair knocked off the No. 1 seed Aquinas duo of Artaev and Hendrick 8-3.
In other action, Jose Hungria defeated IWU’s Adam Wroughton 6-3, 6-0 before dropping a 6-4, 6-1 decision to No. 4 seed David Darling of Spring Arbor 6-4, 6-1. Martin Vivas advanced to the second round with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Cornerstone’s Brad Miedema before being ousted from the tourney by Wes Young of Taylor 6-0, 6-0.
The Forester combo of Hungria and Jameel Brenneman advanced to the semifinals with wins over Taylor’s Evans and Nitsche (8-5) and Spring Arbor’s Darling and Mayes (8-2) before losing to Robert Wesleyan’s Buchukuri and Toledo 8-6. Vivas teamed up with Steve Blinco to hand Flores and Sadowitz of Roberts Wesleyan an 8-3 loss before dropping an 8-3 decision to the No. 3 seed UNOH duo of Brown and Cardenas.
Khudziy and Velez will advance to the ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Alabama, October 13-16 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.