Varon/Day Teams For a B-CU Doubles Flight Victory
By Dan Ryan
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Injuries kept Juan Varon and Seve Day at home and struggling in individual competition this weekend.
But neither Varon's leg or Day's arm troubles kept the Bethune-Cookman duo from winning a flight as team Sunday as they combined to beat Florida Southern's Nathan Leavitt and Jorge Guiterrez 8-4 in the Gold Flight final of the Embry Riddle Open.
B-CU's Chinatsu Kajiwara also competed in a flight final, falling 6-3, 6-4 to Florida Southern's Sabine Goge in the Women's Gold Flight.
In individual play, Varon and Day were a combined 1-5 in the three-day tournament. When teamed, the pair that's looking to be the Wildcats' number one duo in the spring dropped just 11 games in their three matches.
"We have a good chemistry on the court," said Varon, a junior. "It was a good fit."
"Everything was matching up," said Day, a freshman. "We took chances when we needed to. I was trusting my serve and trusting my partner."
The rest of the men's team was in Gainesville competing in the Bedford Cup at the University of Florida. Between rehabbing their injuries and developing the teamwork, Varon and Day didn't mind missing out on a road trip.
"I was hitting so bad in singles, I couldn't serve," Day admitted.
"This is my first time competing in fall season, so I didn't know what to expect," Varon admitted. "Winning this gives you confidence and helps you prepare."
The Varon/Day victory along with a strong showing by Santiago Lobelo and Diego Garavito at Gainesville - that duo won a first-round match and battled with fourth-seeded Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock of Florida State in the second - gave Head Coach Tim Pleasant some optimism with his doubles squads.
"Our doubles have been weak overall," Pleasant said. "We wanted to bring in some experienced doubles players. Juan and Seve showed they are talented doubles who can play aggressive and smart. They're true doubles players who can play with anyone in the country. "
Kajiwara came back on Sunday after taking two medical time outs due to heat exhaustion on Sunday.
"She didn't have much left in the tank for today," Pleasant. "But she showed us she can play at high level. "
In consolation play Kajiwara combine with Gaby Chinchilla for an 8-1 victory over Embry-Riddle's Giovanna Tomiotto and Gonzales. Chinchilla also had a 6-4 6-3 singles consolation win over Gonzales.