Creighton men’s tennis traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central regionals for singles and doubles action spanning from last Thursday to Monday.
Junior Mac Mease, sophomore Stratton Brown and freshman Nick Campbell competed in singles play, but all moved to the consolation bracket after losing their first-round matchups.
However, all three turned it around from there, each winning their first and only consolation matchup.
After losing in straight-sets to Minnesota’s Marino Alpez, Mease won in straight sets of his own against Hunter Clarke of UMKC 6-4, 6-0.
Brown pushed Wichita State’s Eddie Stoca to three matches in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 decision, and was also the only other Jays player to push his consolation match to three sets.
He ultimately outlasted Justin Nogalski from Saint Louis in a 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 extended battle.
After losing in a close decision to UNO’s Davis Lawley 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, Campbell turned it around and made quick work of Pavel Badaiants from Saint Louis, winning 6-3, 6-2.
Brown and Mease also paired up for doubles play.
The duo first took down the pair of Joe Tyler and Nikita Snezhko from Iowa by an 8-4 score.
In the next round, they were pitted against ranked opponents Brady Draheim and Mathieu Scaglia of Oklahoma State.
Despite the difficult matchup, Brown and Mease crafted an 8-6 win to propel themselves into the round of 16.
Here the Creighton pair was matched up against the in-state opposition of Toby Boyer and Micah Klousia from Nebraska.
Throughout a tight battle, the sides alternated winning games.
Trailing 6-5, the Jays got through the 12th game without surrendering a point to make it 6-6.
The Huskers then immediately responded with a clean sweep of their own to seize a 7-6 lead.
Creighton came as close as one point away from tying things up again in the next game, earning a 40-30 lead.
However, Nebraska was able to force deuce point at 40-40 on the ensuing serve. Immediately following that, the pair of Huskers scored again to set up their first match-point opportunity.
They seized the opporunity and converted to make the score 8-6, putting an end to Creighton’s play.
Per Creighton Athletics, Brown and Mease were the first Creighton duo since 2011 to reach the round of 16 at an ITA regional competition.
The Bluejays will close out their season with the Redbird Invitational tournament hosted by Illinois State in Normal, Illinois from Nov. 2-4.