DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt junior Cale Hammond, sophomores Josh Levine and Daniel McCall and freshman TJ Pura will make the short trip to Winston-Salem, N.C., this weekend to compete in the Wake Forest Fall Invitational. The tournament, which will feature players from 18 schools in eight singles and four doubles draws, will get underway Friday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. and continue through Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Demon Deacons’ Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
All four Blue Devil players will compete in their third tournament of the fall after previously taking part in the Duke Fab Four Invitational in Durham, N.C., and the 2013 Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
Levine enters Friday’s first day of action with a 5-1 fall singles record after advancing to the round of 128 in the pre-qualifying stage at the ITA All-American Championships. He will face UNC Wilmington’s Sam Williams in the first round of the A1 singles draw.
McCall will square off against Forrest Edwards of UNC Charlotte in the first round of the A2 bracket, while Hammond is slated to meet Ian Dempster of NC State in the first round of the B2 draw. Pura, who also reached the round of 128 in pre-qualifying singles play in Tulsa, drew a first-round meeting with Penn State’s Matt Barry in the B1 backet.
The four players will also hit the courts in the A doubles draw, with Pura and McCall teaming up in a first-round matchup against UNC Charlotte’s Edwards and Jack Williams. Hammond and Levine, who are 1-2 this fall as a tandem following their debut at the Duke Fab Four Invitational, will face Hans Adrian Riseng and Nathan Debut of Stetson in the first round.
“We’re looking to get these guys matches and give them some confidence going into regionals the following weekend,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “We have high expectations for them and we know the level they can play at. We just need to improve on All-Americans.”
Two rounds of singles and one round of doubles are scheduled to be played Friday beginning at 9 a.m.