CARY, N.C. – The successful showings by Kenyon at Cary Tennis Park continued on Thursday in the opening rounds of the NCAA singles tournament. Freshman Michael Razumovsky won a pair of matches to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals and junior Paul Burgin registered a first-round victory before bowing out in the round of 16.
Razumovsky drew Carnegie Mellon’s Duke Miller, the 16th-ranked player in Division III, in the first round of play. Razumovsky won the first set by a comfortable 6-3 margin, but had to hold off Miller’s charge in the second set for a 7-5 triumph.
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The victory sent Razumovsky on to the second round against Devin Nerenberg of UC-Santa Cruz. Nerenberg, the top-ranked player from the west region, claimed the first set, 6-3, only to see Razumovsky sweep the final two, 6-2, 6-0.
Razumovsky now owns a 22-6 record for the season in singles play and ran his string of consecutive victories to 10 with his work on Thursday. He is only the fourth player in Kenyon history to advance to the third round of the NCAA singles tournament.
A tough test now awaits Razumovsky in the form of Washington-Louis’s Adam Putterman, the No. 3 player in the nation. Putterman got by both Austin Chafetz (6-1, 6-4) of Amherst and North Carolina Wesleyan Rinat Khussainov (7-5, 6-2) in straight sets to punch his ticket so the quarterfinals.
Burgin got his day started on a positive note when he dealt No. 20 Tommy Meyer of Pomona-Pitzer a 6-1, 7-6 setback in the first round. It was a step forward for Burgin, who appeared in the singles tournament as a sophomore, but dropped his opening-round match in three sets.
Burgin’s bid to join Razumovsky in the quarterfinals came up just short against Amherst’s Luis Rattenhuber. Rattenhuber bettered Burgin, 6-4, 6-2, to move on.