September 22, 2013

Kjellberg/Ljungdahl Capture Regional Doubles Title

Sewanee, Tenn. - For the third time in his career, Robert Kjellberg has captured a USTA/ITA South Regional championship, this year teaming with sophomore Johan Ljungdahl to secure the doubles title.  Kjellberg had previously won the doubles crown as a sophomore before making a run to the singles championship last season. The three-day event was hosted by the University of the South.

Kjellberg and Ljungdahl knocked off doubles tandems from Methodist (8-2), Birmingham Southern (8-1), Sewanee (8-4) and Emory (8-1) to set up a championship match with the Eagles' duo of Eric Halpern and Simon Lavoie-Perusse. With Halpern capturing the singles crown, the Bishops ruined his attempt at a sweep with a dominant 8-4 win for the title.

In Main Draw singles, top-seeded Kjellberg cruised through the early rounds with four straight-set wins, but he was upset by Emory's Rafe Mosetick 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinal round. Ljungdahl went 2-1 in singles play, while junior Peter Hviid went 1-1.

Also making notable runs in singles play for the Bishops were sophomore Eduardo Ugalde and senior Panayot Kusidi. Ugalde went a perfect 5-0 in the Atlantic Draw, which included a straight-set championship win over Emory's Tyler Gadbois (6-2, 7-6 [8-6]).  Kusidi was impressive as well, making it to the semifinal round before falling to Gadbois, 8-4.

By virtue of their doubles championship victory, Kjellberg and Ljungdahl capture All-America honors and will advance to the ITA National Small College Championships slated for October 10-13, in Fort Myers, Florida.