Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Down 5-1 in the first set, Alex Van Cott stormed back to win two straight games. However, after Jeremy Efferding closed the door to win the first set 6-3 and cruise to victory in the qualifying first round at the LG&T Tennis Challenger Saturday.
The Unadilla native faced 15 break points in the match, and was only able to save five against Efferding. Afterwards though, Van Cott said he enjoyed the chance to compete at this level.
"This is the pro tour basically, so this is the biggest stage I've ever played on," said Van Cott, who just finished his freshman season at Tulane. "First few games were definitely a little tough. You're looking around and there's people everywhere, but it's good, I mean it was a good experience. The level is similar to what I see in college, and I had a great time out there."
His borther, Ian Van Cott, didn't fair much better in his singles qualifying match either. Van Cott fell to to Winston Lin 6-4 6-3 earlier in the morning.
Both Ian and Alex will be back in the doubles qualifying draw starting Sunday at Recreation Park.