Fort Myers, Florida - Trinity Tigers sophomore Paxton Deuel defeated the top-seeded player Friday in the singles consolation semifinals at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.
Deuel, the No. 4 seed, beat No. 1 Eric Halpern of Emory 7-5, 6-3 at Three Oaks Tennis Center. The Tiger player now faces Luke Trinka of Bowdoin IN the consolation final (fifth place) at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday.
In Thursday’s quarterfinals, Deuel fell 7-5, 6-3 to Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon. Deuel, a transfer from the University of Portland, defeated Whitman’s Andrew La Cava 6-2, 6-3 in Wednesday’s play-in match.
Deuel qualified for the national event by winning the ITA Southwest Region Singles Championship at Trinity last month. Junior Brandon Thompson and sophomore Eliot Guin captured the regional doubles title, and advanced to the ITA national tournament. The Tiger duo lost in the first round 5-7, 6-3, 10-2 to La Cava and James Rivers.