QUARTERFINALS SET FOR ITA NATIONAL MEN’S TEAM INDOORS
No. 1 Ohio State, defending champion Virginia advance
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Quarterfinals have been set for the 16 teams competing in the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Men's Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Illinois at Midtown Tennis Club.
ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships: First Round
#1 Ohio State 4, #16 Pepperdine 2
#8 Tennessee 4, #10 Baylor 0
#4 UCLA 4, #13 Illinois 2
#5 Virginia 4, #12 Tulsa 0
#6 USC 4, #9 Mississippi 0
#3 Georgia 4, #14 Florida State 1
#11 Stanford 4, #7 Florida 3
#2 Texas 4, #15 Michigan 0
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Georgia (6-0): The 3rd-ranked Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over 16th-ranked Florida State. Georgia went on top 1-0 after winning a tight doubles point that came down to a tiebreaker in the No. 3 match as the Bulldog duo of Javier Garrapiz and Drake Bernstein edged Chris Cloer and Vahid Mirzadeh 9-8(2) for a 1-0 advantage. In singles, Josh Varela, the Bulldog captain and lone senior, closed out Cloer 6-4, 6-1 to give Georgia a 2-0 lead. Garrapiz followed with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Maciek Sykut at No. 3 for a 3-0 Bulldog advantage. He is 17-6 on the year including 5-0 in dual matches. The Seminoles picked up a win at No. 2 as the 29th-ranked Clint Bowles defeated No. 35 Jamie Hunt to make it 3-1. Christian Vitulli clinched the 4-1 win for the Bulldogs with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 decision over Andrew Bailey at No. 6 singles.
First Round Matchup: No. 3 Georgia def. No. 14 Florida State, 4-1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 6 USC – 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Ohio State (8-0): The top-ranked Buckeyes were down early after losing the doubles point, but showed its depth in singles beating No. 20 Pepperdine, 4-2. After the Buckeyes won the first doubles match of the day at the No. 2 position, Pepperdine battled back to take the final two doubles matches, claiming the doubles point and taking an early 1-0 advantage. Bryan Koniecko, the nation’s top-ranked singles player, put the Buckeyes on the board after winning, 6-0, 6-2, against Pepperdine’s No. 122 Bassam Beidas at No. 1 singles. The win is Koniecko’s 16-consecutive victory this season and is the senior captain’s 109th win of his career. The Waves countered to take a 2-1 advantage seconds later after No. 51 Omar Altmann upset the Buckeyes No. 6 Kronauge, 6-4, 6-4. No. 3 Steven Moneke won his seventh-consecutive singles match, 6-3, 6-2, against the Waves’ Alex Liompart. Moneke improves to 16-3 on the season. Balazs Novak put the Buckeyes ahead for the first time of the day, winning, 6-0, 6-2, against No. 57 Mahmoud Kamel at No. 4 singles. Novak has won seven-consecutive singles matches and moves to 12-3. Shuhei Uzawa, ranked No. 77 nationally, claimed the come-from-behind win for the Buckeyes with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Pepperdine’s Alejandro Moreno at No. 6 singles.
First Round Matchup: No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 16 Pepperdine, 4-2
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Tennessee – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
USC (7-0): The sixth-ranked Trojans displayed a dominating performance against No. 9 Mississippi with a 4-0 victory. USC claimed the doubles point, including a stellar 8-3 win for the No. 2 ranked team of Robert Farah and Steven Johnson over the nation’s top-ranked duo of Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge. Johnson, ranked #58 upset #52 Kalle Norberg, who had to retire from the No. 3 singles match. Jason McNaughton defeated Otto Sauer, 6-2, 6-4 before #64 Abdullah Magdas clinched the match with a 6-3, 7-6 win over #89 Bram ten Berge.
First Round Matchup: No. 6 USC def. No. 9 Mississippi, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 6 USC vs. No. 3 Georgia – 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Stanford (5-0): The 11th-ranked Cardinal earned an upset victory over No. 7 Florida in a phenomenal the first round match that came down to the wire. After dropping the doubles point, Stanford quickly rebounded to a 2-1 lead as freshman Ryan Thacher and sophomore No. 33 Alex Clayton both won easily, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 and No. 1 singles positions, respectively. Alex Lacroix continued his run in singles, earning his eighth win of the spring after downing 16th-ranked Bradley Klahn, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. No. 62 Richard Wire put Stanford back in contention after recording a 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 victory on court five and tying the score once again. The match was ultimately decided at No. 6 singles, which was tightly contested between Stanford’s Blake Muller and the Gators' Eric Corace. Muller battled back from falling 6-4 in the first set, to take the second 7-6, and with the momentum in his favor, Muller defeated Corace 6-3 in the final set to seal the victory for Stanford.
First Round Matchup: No. 11 Stanford def. No. 7 Florida, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 11 Stanford vs. No. 2 Texas – 9:00 a.m. (CT)
Tennessee (6-0): The eighth-ranked Volunteers took control of the match to defeat the 10th-ranked Bears, 4-0 and move into tomorrow’s quarterfinals. The Vols (6-0) won the doubles point for the fifth time this season to take an early 1-0 lead. Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith improved to 5-1 this season at the No. 1 spot in the lineup with an 8-4 win over Denes Lukacs and Jordan Rux. Boris Conkic and Matteo Fago, ranked 21st in doubles, clinched the point for UT with an 8-2 win at the No. 2 position over Julian Bley and Attila Bucko. Fago gave the Vols a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 71st-ranked Dominik Mueller, 6-2, 6-2. Sandgren put the Vols up 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Bley. Conkic clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win over 13th-ranked Rux at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The victory over the 13th-ranked player in the country is the highest ranked player Conkic has defeated in his career.
First Round Matchup: No. 8 Tennessee def. No. 10 Baylor, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 1 Ohio State – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Texas (6-0): The second-ranked Longhorns claimed the doubles point and collected singles wins from junior Olivier Sajous and sophomores Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie on its way to a 4-0 victory over 15th-seeded Michigan. Senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Sajouspicked up an early service break on Michigan’s Drew Daniel and Chris Madden and cruised to an 8-2 win at third doubles. Juniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala, currently ranked No. 25 nationally, broke open a tight match and went on to an 8-4 win at second doubles over the Wolverines’ Andrew Mazlin and George Navas to clinch the doubles point. With a 1-0 lead after doubles, Texas wasted little time to put away the Wolverines. Sajous dealt Michigan’s Daniel a 6-3, 6-3 defeat at fifth singles, and Damico knocked off Andrew Mazlin by a 6-2, 6-4 count at No. 2 singles. UT picked up the clinching point from Corrie, who finished off Michigan’s Peter Aarts, 7-6 (8), 6-1 at third singles.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 Texas def. No. 15 Michigan, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 2 Texas vs. No. 11 Stanford – 9:00 a.m. (CT)
UCLA (5-0): The fourth-ranked Bruins play spoiler for host Illinois with a 4-2 hard-fought victory. The Bruins lost the doubles point Friday, and actually went down 2-0 in the match after 23rd-ranked Roy Kalmanovich defeated Harel Srugo 6-0, 6-3 at court No. 3. UCLA, which had won the first set on the other five courts, would take the next three singles wins for a 3-2 lead, as Haythem Abid, Michael Look and Holden Seguso were all victorious. Junior Matt Brooklyn ranked 67th nationally, clinched the 4-2 victory for UCLA with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over Marc Spicijaric at court No. 2.
First Round Matchup: No. 4 UCLA def. No. 13 Illinois, 4-2
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 5 Virginia – 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Virginia (9-0): The fifth-ranked Cavaliers began the defense of its ITA National Team Indoor title with a 4-0 win over No. 12 Tulsa. Virginia opened the match by taking the doubles point. Tulsa took an early advantage as fourth-ranked Arnau Brugues and Phillip Stephens topped third-ranked Houston Barrick and Sanam Singh at No. 1 doubles. The Cavaliers answered with an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles as No. 27 Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz downed Alberto Sottocorno and Ashley Watling. The Cavaliers clinched the opening point when Drew Courtney and Lee Singer completed an 8-4 win over Ross Cunningham and Victor Kolik at the No. 3 position. In singles, the Cavaliers opened play strong, winning all six first sets. Courtney made the score 2-0 with his 6-3, 6-1 win over Cunningham at No. 6 singles. Steven Eelkman Rooda added a 6-1, 6-3 win over Watling at No.5 singles to make the score 3-0. Shabaz completed the 4-0 victory with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Stephens at No. 3 singles.
First Round Matchup: No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 Tulsa
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 4 UCLA – 6:30 p.m. (CT)
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