CMU’s Lyden 8th at nationals

Colorado Mesa’s Jordan Lyden pushed another opponent to a third set and had match point in the USTA/ITA Division II National Championships in Fort Myers, Fla., but again couldn’t pull out a victory.

Fourth-seeded Pedro Scocuglia of Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) University rallied to defeat Lyden 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 for seventh place. Scocuglia is from Brazil.

Lyden was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set. It was the second consecutive match the junior had an opportunity to win the match on his serve. He lost in three sets in the consolation semifinals Friday.

“Those last two matches he could’ve won,” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said. “He’s right there. He proved he’s capable of winning it.”

The match took nearly three hours.

“I can’t feel my body, I’m so sore,” Lyden said. “I’ve been playing so long. I was sore before my match, but I gave it my all.”

Lyden, the only American-born player in the tournament, took eighth place in the Division II men’s singles championship.

“I’m taking it as a learning experience,” Lyden said. “I played with the top guys in the nation. I need to practice more and keep up with my conditioning. I knew it would be tough and hot, but I need to work harder and be better prepared.”


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