SEMIFINALS SET FOR ITA NATIONAL MEN’S TEAM INDOORS
No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Texas fall
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Semifinals 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: Quarterfinals
#8 Tennessee 4, #1 Ohio State 3
#4 UCLA vs. #5 Virginia
#3 Georgia 4, #6 USC, 1
#11 Stanford 4, #2 Texas 3
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
More on the Semifinalists:
Georgia (7-0): The 3rd-ranked Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoors with a 4-1 win over sixth-ranked USC. Georgia grabbed a 1-0 lead by claiming the doubles point, marking the first time the Trojans had lost it this season. In fact, USC’s doubles teams were a combined 16-1 through seven dual matches until facing the Bulldogs. Georgia’s Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt ranked 40th nationally, clinched the point when they upset second-ranked Robert Farah and Steve Johnson 8-6. The USC duo was 16-2 on the year, and on Friday, they routed the nation’s top-ranked Ole Miss duo of Berg/tenBerge, 8-3. Georgia took the first set in four of the six singles matches to keep its momentum going. However, the Trojans evened the match when seventh-ranked Farah defeated 18th-ranked Schnugg 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1. Drake Bernstein put Georgia back in front 2-1 after he upset 54th-ranked Matt Kecki 6-4, 7-5 at No. 5. Josh Varela made it 3-1 Bulldogs by outlasting McNaughton 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot. Georgia needed one more win for the team victory as Garrapiz closed the match out with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over the No. 58-ranked Johnson.
First Round Matchup: No. 3 Georgia def. No. 14 Florida State, 4-1
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 3 Georgia def. No. 6 USC, 4-1
Semifinal Matchup: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 11 Stanford – 12:00 p.m.
Stanford (6-0): The 11th-ranked Cardinal pulled off another big upset today, knocking off No. 2 Texas 4-3 today in the quarterfinals after a posting a comeback victory over No. 7 Florida on Friday. For the second day in a row, the Cardinal dropped the opening point in doubles, but battled back in singles to secure the victory. Richard Wire, ranked No. 62 nationally, tied things up by capturing the first singles match, taking down the Longhorns' No. 81 Olivier Sajous, 6-1, 6-2. No. 33-ranked Alex Clayton put Stanford out in front 2-1 by winning his match at No. 1 singles, upsetting Texas' No. 31 Dimitar Kutrovsky 7-5, 6-2. The Longhorns stormed back, making it two-all with Josh Zavala's victory over Blake Muller senior. From then on, it was a back-and-forth fight as the Cardinal went up 3-2 with Ryan Thacher’s win over Miguel Reyes Varela, 6-3, 7-5, and Ed Corrie’s come-from-behind victory over Matt Bruch in a third set tiebreaker. Just as he did yesterday, 16th-ranked Bradley Kahn came through for Stanford, coming back from a 6-1 defeat in the first set to defeat Kellen Damico in three sets, 1-6, 7-6 (8), 7-5.
First Round Matchup: No. 11 Stanford def. No. 7 Florida, 4-3
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 11 Stanford def. No. 2 Texas, 4-3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 11 Stanford vs. No. 3 Georgia – 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Tennessee (7-0): The eighth-ranked Volunteers rallied past top-ranked Ohio State and into the semis for a 4-3 victory. The Vols lost the doubles point and trailed 2-0 before turning things around in singles play by capturing the first set in four of the six matches. The Buckeyes 2-0 lead came with the nation's third-ranked player, Steven Moneke, defeating Davey Sandgren, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 3 position. Tennessee climbed back into the match as last year’s NCAA Singles Runner-Up, John-Patrick Smith came up with a huge upset, knocking off Bryan Koniecko 6-4, 6-4. Koniecko, the No. 1 ranked singles player in the country saw his 16-match win streak snapped. Matt Brewer tied the match at two with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 77th-ranked Shuhei Uzawa at the No. 6 position. Boris Conkic gave the Vols a 3-2 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the nation's sixth-ranked singles player, Kronauge, at the No. 2 position. Conkic, ranked 103rd in singles, has defeated the 13th and now the sixth-ranked player in the country this tournament. Ohio State tied the match at three, when Allare defeated Hansen, 7-6, 7-5 at the No. 5 position. Matteo Fago clinched the win for Tennessee with a straight-set straight-set win over 38th-ranked Balazs Novak at the No. 4 position. The UT sophomore won the first set, 6-3, but found himself down a break, 3-1 in the second set. After climbing back, both players held serve until Fago was able to break Novak's serve to take the lead, 6-5, and serve out to win the set and the match, 6-3, 7-5.
First Round Matchup: No. 8 Tennessee def. No. 10 Baylor, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 8 Tennessee def. No. 1 Ohio State, 4-3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 5 Virginia – 3:00 p.m.
Virginia (10-0): The fifth-ranked Cavaliers stormed back in singles, posting a 4-3 win over No. 4 UCLA to advance the defending ITA National Team Indoor Champions to the semifinals for the fourth time in the past five years. Virginia lost the doubles point for the first time this season and four of six first sets in singles, but rallied behind Sanam Singh at No. 2 singles to clinch the victory for UVA. Singh lost the first set 6-2 against Matt Brooklyn, but rallied to take the second set 6-4 before using his momentum to clinch the set 6-1. After dropping the doubles point, the Cavs tied the dual match at 1-1 as Inglot scored a 6-2, 7-5 win over Haythem Abid at the No. 1 spot. Virginia took a 2-1 lead as Courtney downed Amit Inbar 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6 singles. The Bruins answered to tie the match with Meister’s 6-2, 7-5 win over Steven Eelkman Rooda at No. 5 position. Virginia regained the lead, 3-2, when Shabaz rallied from losing the first set to post a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Srugo at No. 3 singles. UCLA roared back to even the score at 3-3, as Look defeated Houston Barrick 7-5, 6-3 at No. 4 singles before Singh ultimately clinched the 4-3 Virginia win.
First Round Matchup: No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 Tulsa, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 5 Virginia def. No. 4 UCLA, 4-3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 8 Tennessee – 3:00 p.m. (CT)
For complete results, visit www.itatennis.com.
The ITA Championships are open to the public and tickets are available at the door. Single day tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. All-session passes cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information including a complete schedule of events please call Midtown Tennis Club at 773.235.2300 or visit www.midtown.com/chicago.