Paxton Deuel Wins Consolation Finals at ITA Nationals

Fort Myers, Florida - Trinity Tigers sophomore Paxton Deuel won the consolation singles title  Saturday at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.

Deuel, the No. 4 seed, outfought Luke Trinka of Bowdoin 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the fifth-place match at Three Oaks Tennis Center.

In Friday’s consolation semifinals, Deuel took out top-seeded Eric Halpern of Emory 7-5, 6-3.

The University of Portland transfer fell in Thursday’s quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-3 to Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon. Deuel began the national event with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Whitman’s Andrew La Cava in Wednesday’s play-in match.

Deuel qualified for the national tournament 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.

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