Perepelov Makes Hunter HistoryMen’s Tennis Standout Wins Regional Singles Title
Yevgeny Perepelov, a third year player on the Hunter men’s tennis team from Brooklyn, has won the 2011 USTA/ITA Regional Singles Championship. Perepelov is the first Hunter player, as well as the first CUNY player, to achieve this feat.
He was seeded second in the tournament, hosted by Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.. But despite his high seeding, he began the tournament with some doubts. “My confidence level was actually really low going into the tournament. I hadn’t played a competitive match in a while.” he said.
You would never know by his performance, though. In the first round, he breezed past his opponent, Cody Berman of Hamilton, by a score of 6-1, 6-3. In the second round, Perepelov got into some early trouble as he was down 3-1 in the first set against NYU’s CJ Leong. The danger was quickly quelled, though, as he fought back to take the next five games and win the set 6-3.
The second set was no different, as he downed Leong 6-3 again to advance to the third round where he continued to dominate, easily besting Jack August of The College of New Jersey 6-1, 6-2.
“I was exhausted after the NYU match,” he explained. “But I was determined to keep fighting. I really wanted this title.”
In the quarterfinals, he defeated seventh-seed Jarrett Regier 6-3, 6-2 to compete in the semi-finals, where he faced the unseeded but dangerous Miles Random of host Skidmore College.
“The morning of the semi-finals, I was so physically and mentally drained from the weekend,” he said.
His opponent must have felt even worse, because Perepolov stormed to a 6-0 first set victory. His opponent did not give up though, and the two played out a tight second set, with Perepelov eventually coming out on top, 7-6 (1).
“Even though the first set was easy, he came back strong in the second and I had to dig down deep to pull it out. And then I had to play the finals a few hours later, so I was pretty nervous about that.”
In the final, he faced Oliver Loutsenko, the number six seed from Skidmore College, who defeated the first seed in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
After winning the first set by a close 6-4 score, Perepelov fell behind in the second set. But in familiar fashion, he closed the gap and forced a tiebreak. From there, he was able to close it out 7-4 to take the set, the match, and the title.
“During the tiebreaker I just thought about how much I wanted it to end,” he recalled. “I wanted to win, and with the help of my coaches and my teammate I was able to mentally get through the tiebreaker. I took one point at a time, and I am happy to represent Hunter College with the victory.”
Perepelov also competed in doubles with teammate junior Luis Quintero, but fell in the semi-finals in a heart-breaking match to top seed Skidmore, 9-7.
“We had a lot of missed opportunities during that match,” said Quintero, “but I am really proud of Yevgeny and happy he was able to get the title for himself and for Hunter.”
After winning the singles title, Pereplov now advances to compete in the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, which will be held at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Moblie, Alabama on Oct. 13. There, he will be competing against the seven other NCAA Division III Regional Singles Champions in a double elimination tournament.