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Mountain Hawks Travels to Philadelphia for Saint Joseph’s Invitational


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Following a week-long break, Lehigh will pick up its fall season at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational this weekend. The Mountain Hawks will kick off the three-day invitational on Friday on the SJU Tennis Courts at the Maguire Campus and on the Finnesey Courts. 

Lehigh will compete against Delaware, Jefferson, Marist, Morgan State, NJIT and Villanova in four singles flights and two doubles flights. 

The Mountain Hawks opened up the fall season two weekends ago at the Villanova Invitational. Lehigh was set to have two pairs compete in the championship rounds before the three-day competition was cut short due to weather. 

In the Blue Draw, seniors Matt Kleiman and Jeremy Learner defeated opponents from Saint Joseph’s and Villanova to qualify for the championship. Sophomore Marc Blekhman and first-year Jackson Morash were also set to compete for third-place before the final day of competition was canceled. 

Senior Michael Bukhalo alongside first-year Wyeth Anzilotti picked up wins against Colgate, Lafayette and Villanova to reach the championship for the White Draw. 

This weekend, Blekhman and Kleiman will compete in the top singles flight. Learner, Morash and junior Jordan Paul will compete in the second singles flight while Anzilotti, Bukhalo and first-year Aristotelis Bezianis will compete in the third singles flight. Senior Steven Nazaroff will compete in the fourth singles flight alongside junior David Missry and sophomore Luke Donovan

Blekhman and Kleiman will team up to compete in the first doubles flight along with Learner and Morash. In the second doubles flight, Nazaroff will team up with Paul and Bezianis will play doubles with Donovan. Anzilotti and Bukhalo will also compete in the second doubles flight for Lehigh this weekend. 

Following this weekend’s invitational in Philadelphia, Lehigh will return to Bethlehem to host the Lehigh Invitational. The Mountain Hawks will kick off competition on Saturday, Oct. 1 on the Ulrich Varsity Courts and will conclude the invitational on Sunday, Oct. 2. 

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