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By Jordana Klein
HERO Sports & Tennis Itinerary Freelance Writer

TULSA, Okla. – Saturday’s Round of 16 singles matches for the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All- American Championships began on a sunny morning at the University of Tulsa, as three qualifying players remained in the draw.

Nine of the original 16 seeded players, including the top six seeds, fought to defend their ground this morning. Three Wake Forest men and two players from Texas, Ohio State and Arkansas pushed their teammates through all of their ups and downs.

The action continued well into the afternoon, with the men fighting for the remaining slots in Sunday’s semifinals. All players who reached the quarterfinals earned automatic entry into the USTA ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships in New York November 3-6, 2016.

Semifinals in both the main and consolation singles and doubles draws take place on Sunday, with championship matches scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10. Sunday and Monday’s matches can be viewed through live streaming by FloTennis on courts 1-4 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Ohio State’s top-seeded and top-ranked player, junior Mikael Torpegaard, opened play in the Round of 16 on Saturday with a matchup against Gustav Hansson of Ole Miss. A back-and-forth first set saw Torpegaard surge ahead with a late break of serve to ultimately claim the set 6-4. The Buckeye opened the second set with another break of serve and pushed his advantage to 5-1, before Hansson rallied to win two straight games, closing the gap to 5-3. Torpegaard once again broke serve, this one to close out the set and match, 6-3, and move on to the afternoon’s quarterfinal round.

Torpegaard’s run in Tulsa would come to an end in the quarterfinals, as No. 6 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest, who defeated Arkansas’s Jose Salazar in three sets to advance to play Torgegaard, took down the No. 1 seed in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

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Court two saw a grueling three-set match Saturday morning between Ohio State’s Hugo Di Feo and No. 5 Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest. Di Feo stole an early lead at 4-0 before Mansouri recognized that he had a chance to control the match with serves and tactical play. He found his rhythm and took the first set 6-4. Di Feo went back to his basics and found a lead through the middle of the set until Mansouri tied the it up at 3-3 after coming back from being down by two breaks. Back-and-forth service breaks led to a 7-5 set in Di Feo’s favor. The final set continued in similar fashion with break point after break point. A final hold at 4-4 earned Di Feo a 5-4 lead, but Mansouri held to stay in the match. Tense points allowed Di Feo to break again late in the set to close it out on his serve 7-5.

His next match in the afternoon against fourth-seeded Tom Fawcett of Stanford posed a challenge, but Di Feo held his own and is through to the semifinal round, where he will face Christian Sigsgaard of Texas.

Chris Eubanks, the No. 3 seed from Georgia Tech, continued his run on Saturday morning by taking a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Christian Seraphim of Wake Forest. Seraphim’s tournament streak that extended past the qualifying rounds ended when Eubanks tied his strong serve together with crafty point-play. Serving remained the name of the game for the Yellow Jacket as he found a way to break in both sets. His afternoon quarterfinal matchup against Alfredo Perez of Florida, who took out No. 7 Yuya Ito of Texas in the Round of 16, came down to three sets. Perez came out on top after Eubanks double-faulted on match-point. Perez’s 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 win earns him a semifinal spot against No. 6 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest.

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Saturday’s Notes:
-Sunday’s main draw doubles semifinals schedule features Purdue’s Madarasz/Medinilla (Q) versus North Florida’s Findel-Hakwins/Muscheites (Q), and No. 3 Wake Forest’s Mansouri/Seraphim taking on No. 2 Cal’s Bergevi/Lakat. Both matches scheduled to start not before 12 p.m. CT.

-Main draw singles matchups are Florida’s Alfredo Perez against No. 6 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest, and Hugo Di Feo of Ohio State taking on Christian Sigsgaard of Texas. Both matches are scheduled to start not before 12 p.m. CT.

-Consolation singles semifinals pair No. 1 Ronnie Schneider of North Carolina versus No. 4 Andre Goransson of Cal, with Nuno Borges of Mississippi State faces off with USC’s Brandon Holt.  Both contests begin at 10 a.m. CT.

-Consolation doubles semifinals pit No. 1 Cash/Kadhe of Oklahoma State versus No. 3 Corwin/Spec of Minnesota, while Stanford’s Fawcett/Wilczynski taking on No. 2 Bennett/Warren of Rice.

-The eight quarterfinalists that earned an automatic entry into the USTA ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships are Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State), Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest), Chris Eubanks (Georgia Tech), Alfredo Perez (Florida), Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State), Tom Fawcett (Stanford), Christian Sigsgaard (Texas) and Florian Lakat (California).

-The qualifier from Texas, Sigsgaard, cruised through to the quarterfinals and then on to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Max Tchoutakian (Baylor) this morning and a 6-3, 7-5 win over Lakat (California) in the quarterfinals. Sigsgaard is the only qualifying player remaining in the draw through the quarter and semi-finals, and he now has 11 straight wins in Tulsa.

-Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, the No. 2 seed from Virginia, saw his tournament come to a close when Lakat upset the defending champion in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0.

-Kwiatkowski and partner Luca Corinteli (Virginia) fell in a heartbreak match in the doubles quarterfinals when North Florida’s Jack Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites took out the Cavaliers 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (7).

-The No. 2 seed from Cal, Lakat and Bergevi, came back to defeat USC’s Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven 2-6, 6-3 (6) in the doubles quarterfinals.

-Qualifying doubles tandem from Purdue, Gergely Madarasz and Ricardo Medinilla, enter the doubles semifinals after overcoming USC’s Brandon Holt and Riley Smith 4-6, 6-3, (7).