TULSA, Okla. - Top-seeded Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State notched a thirdround straight set victory Friday at the D’Novo All-American Tennis Championships at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center. This event is the first of three national championships played during the 2008-09 collegiate tennis season.
Nedovyesov defeated Notre Dame’s Brett Helgeson of Notre Dame in a dominating performance, 6-2, 6-2. The junior from Alushta, Ukraine, survived the first day of competition with a comeback victory over Bruno Agostinelli of Kentucky in the second round. After dropping the first set, he stormed back in the second and prevailed in the third when Agostinelli was forced to retire due to injury.
Facing Nedovyesov in tomorrow’s quarterfinals will be No. 16 seed Conor Pollock of Texas A&M in a battle of two of the Big 12’s finest. Pollock picked up a third-round victory over eight-seeded Justin Kronauge, 6-3, 7-6 . Fifth-seeded Robert Farah of USC and Ohio State’s Steven Moneke, the No. 11 seed were also victorious Friday and will now face each other tomorrow in the quarters. Farah beat No. 13 Jean-Yves Aubone of Florida State, 6-3, 7-5 while Moneke finished off Fresno State’s Rudolph Siwy after posting a first set shutout, 6-0, 7-5.
While the top half of the draw advanced four of the top 16 seeds to the next round of play, the bottom half includes four athletes who have each picked up at least one victory over a top-10 opponent, with two of them defeating a seeded-opponent twice.
In perhaps the biggest upset of the day, Blake Strode of Arkansas beat 2006 ITA All-American champion and sixth-seeded Arnau Brugues of tournament host, Tulsa University, 6-3, 6-2. Strode will face fellow SEC rival Michael Venus of LSU after he recorded the day’s highest-seeded upset of the day by knocking off No. 4 Alex Clayton of Stanford 6-4, 6-1. After Virginia’s Michael Shabaz eliminated second-seeded Denes Lukacs of Baylor, 6-2, 6-4, he continued his tournament run with an impressive 6-0, 6-4 victory over No. 14 seed Bruno Rosa of Rice. His quarterfinal opponent will be Enrique Olivares of East Tennessee State who beat Florida State’s Clint Bowles, 6-3, 6-3 after recording a second-round victory over No. 10 seed, J.P. Smith of Tennessee.
The doubles draw is down to the final four teams with no more seeded squads remaining. After the first round saw just one seeded team fall, not one of the other seven squads were able to make it into tomorrow’s semifinals. In the second round, North Carolina’s Clay Donato and Taylor Fogleman knocked off the top seeded duo of Carl Sundberg and Daniel Vallverdu of Miami (FL), 8-6 before eliminating Robert Farah and Steven Johnson of USC, 8-5. They will face Arnau Brugues and Phil Stevens of host, Tulsa tomorrow in the semifinals who defeated Ohio State’s Steven Moneke and Balazs Novak. Fourth-seeded Austin Krajicek and Conor Pollock of Texas A&M and No. 7 seed Bryan Koneicko and Justin Kronauge of Ohio State both lost to Mississippi’s Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge. The Ole Miss duo matches up against Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar of Texas Tech, who beat Michigan’s Jason Jung and Mike Sroczynski 9-7 in the quarterfinals.
Singles quarterfinal matches begin at 9:30 am Saturday, with semifinals matches starting in the afternoon. The doubles semifinal matches will also be played at noon tomorrow.
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