BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s tennis rising sophomore Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) turned in a stellar performance at the 2018 WA Open Platinum AMT held in Perth, Australia.
Carrying over from his solid freshman campaign, Webster finished 4-1 in the tournament and advanced to the championship round as the No. 3 seed. Playing in his hometown, Webster downed his first two opponents in via straight sets, defeating Tristan Galati (6-2, 6-1) and Luka Brown (6-1, 6-0), respectively.
Going into the third round, Webster picked up the first frame, 6-1, before ninth-seeded Pedro Papangelis forced a third set, 6-3. From that point on, Webster dominated with a 6-0 third-set victory to move on to the semifinals round, where he captured a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Evan Manso.
Webster went up against No. 1 seed Brydan Klein in the title match, while Klein also came into the tournament ranked in the top 500 in the world according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Webster gave Klein all he could handle despite falling in three sets. He fell in the first frame before capturing the second set. With the match all tied up, Webster fell in a valiant 10-7 battle to a more-experienced Klein that has been playing professionally since 2005.
In his freshman season, Webster posted an excellent freshman campaign with a 12-10 mark in singles and amassed a 15-6 mark in doubles with his partner, Alex Pavkovich. Webster was one of two players (Scott Webster) to post at least 10 singles and 10 doubles victories, while he finished second in singles wins and tied for first in doubles. He contributed to a third straight winning season at 12-11, which was the first time since 2010-12 the feat was accomplished. Thanks to Webster’s impressive match-deciding win against No. 2 seed Louisiana, the Mountaineers stunned the Ragin’ Cajuns in the opening round of the Sun Belt Tournament.