OSU’s Nedovyesov and LSU’s Venus Advance to Singles Final
Tulsa and Ole Miss in Doubles Final at D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships
TULSA, Okla. – No. 1 seed Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State and Michael Venus of LSU advanced to the finals with a pair of victories Saturday at the D’Novo/ITA All-American Tennis Championships at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Arnau Brugues and Phil Stevens of tournament host, Tulsa will face Mississippi’s Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge for the doubles title tomorrow.
Nedovyesov becomes the first Oklahoma State player and eleventh No. 1 seed to advance to the All-American men’s finals and the first since Georgia’s John Isner lost to Arnau Brugues of Tulsa 7-6 , 6-4 in 2006.
After struggling to make it past the second round in a tough matchup against Kentucky’s Bruno Agostinelli, Nedovyesov has been on cruise control since. He has outscored his opponents 36-13 in the last three matches, including a 6-2, 6-1 victory over fifth-seeded Robert Farah in today’s semifinal match. He said that the match against Agostinelli was “the most difficult match of the season so far.”
He remains undefeated this season and hopes to continue his winning streak in tomorrow’s finals in front of his home-state crowd.
“Playing in Tulsa is pretty cool and it’s so close that it kind of feels like home. I will have some of my friends coming to support me”, said Nedovyesov.
His opponent will be LSU’s Michael Venus who defeated Enrique Olivares of East Tennessee State 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the semis. Venus’ biggest win thus far in the tournament came in the third round, knocking off fourth-seeded Alex Clayton of Stanford in a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4 marathon match. He was able to fend off Arkansas’ Blake Strode in the quarterfinals earlier today with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. The senior is currently ranked No. 20 in the ITA preseason rankings. It also is the first time LSU has had an athlete advance to the All-American finals.
One of the two doubles semifinal matchups today featured Jonas Berg of Mississippi and his partner taking on Christian Rojmar and his partner for the second year in a row. Last year the Ole Miss duo defeated the Texas Tech team, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Once again, the Rebels squad of Berg and new partner Bram ten Berge advance to the doubles final with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Rojmar and his new partner, Raony Carvalho.
They will be facing off against host Tulsa's duo of 2006 singles champion, Arnau Brugues and Phil Stevens, who notched a 7-5, 6-1 victory over an upstart North Carolina squad in Clay Donato and Taylor Fogleman that eliminated the top-seed yesterday in quarterfinal play.
Although the Tulsa duo has only been practicing together as a team for only a month and a half, Brugues said, “We’ve been working really hard with the coaches. I think we have a good chemistry and provide a good mix”.
Both finals matches will be played at 10:00am on Sunday.
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