SUMTER, S.C. – Coker's Andre Staab is not only the first-ever Cobra men's tennis player to be nationally ranked (No. 31) by ITA, but he is now the first-ever Cobra to advance to the semifinals of the ITA Fall Regional.
Staab continued his successful play at the ITA Fall Regional with two more wins in men's singles A division on Saturday (Sept. 28). Staab started the day with a 6-1, 6-2 win over USC Aiken's Andy Quirk. He then went on to defeat Armstrong's Luca Cerin, 6-4, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Staab will now face the No. 4 seed Pedro Scocuglia from Armstrong at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 29). The winner will advance to play on Monday (Sept. 30) at 9 a.m.
Also advancing in the tournament on Saturday was William Marrafao with two victories in the consolation round. He defeated Jack West of Erskine 4-1; he then knocked off Taylor Powell of Georgia College and State University in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 12-10. Marrafao will now face Georgia Regents' Victor Cabellos at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
In doubles action, Marrafao and Martin Moncayo advanced to the quarterfinals with an 8-6 win over the No. 5 seed Richard Ashforth and Gavin Davison from Francis Marion. The Coker duo will take on Columbus State's Marco Almorin and Adi Malicbogeic at 8 a.m. on Sunday in the quarterfinals.
The Cobras will continue play at the ITA Fall Regional through Monday.