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Advik Mareedu will play in the consolation bracket tomorrow
Advik Mareedu will play in the consolation bracket tomorrow

Advik Mareedu Falls in Close Match in ITA Cup Round of 16

ROME, Ga. - Advik Mareedu fell in a 6-4, 7-5 decision to Dean Kamenev of Emory in the Round of 16 at the ITA Cup nationals at the Rome Tennis Center on Thursday.

Mareedu got an early break to take a 2-0 lead in the opening set, but struggled with rhythm and timing in the windy conditions presented on Thursday afternoon. After saving three set points down 4-5 in the first, Mareedu overruled himself on a close line call on the deuce point, yielding the set 6-4. The Stags' top player continued to struggle early in the second, falling behind by two breaks of serve at 4-0 and seemingly out of the match. Breaking back at 0-4 began a four game streak of his own that put him on serve at 4-all and then 5-all. Serving to stay in the match, Mareedu fought off one match point before sailing a forehand long in the final rally.

Mareedu was trying to repeat as ITA Cup champion after winning the singles title a year ago, and had begun the fall season with a perfect 5-0 singles record.

Mareedu earned his trip to Rome by winning the ITA West singles title in three sets over Caleb Wilkins of Chapman, while Kamenev was the runner-up to Jordan Theron of Sewanee in his regional. Wilkins and Theron also were paired with each other in the Round of 16, with Theron winning another tight battle 7-6, 7-6. 

Despite the loss, Mareedu still clinched All-America honors for the 2023-24 season after winning the ITA West Regional. He also earned it last year, when the finished with a 30-6 singles record. 

Mareedu will move on to play in the consolation bracket at the ITA Cup, facing Tsubasa Okada of RPI tomorrow at 11 a.m. local time (8 a.m. Pacific). A win there will advance him through to a final match on Saturday against either Gage Gohl of Gustvus Adolphus or Ajay Mahenthiran of Case Western.