Men's Tennis Advances Five in Championship Singles at MTSU
Sept. 12, 2003
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's tennis team advanced five players in the singles bracket at the Middle Tennessee Fall Invitational, Friday.
Senior Lee Taylor Walker (Jackson, Tenn./Univ. School of Jackson) needed three sets to win his first match of the afternoon after receiving a first round bye. Walker won the opening set over Middle Tennessee's Anant Sitaram, 6-4, but dropped the second set by an identical 6-4 score. In the third set, Walker prevailed 6-3, to advance to a Round of Eight appearance against Arkansas-Little Rock's Bastian Faisst. That match will be played at 8:30 a.m., Saturday.
In the Tigers' other Flight One Singles match, junior Alex Bucewicz received a default from Tennessee Tech's Will Chappell and downed Southern Illinois' Alex Nimicos, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to an 8:30 match-up against No. 3 seed Sebastian Falk from UALR. Falk needed three sets to down Georgia Southern's Vincent Patry.
The Tigers went two for three in advancing players in the championship singles bracket. Mark Finnegan opened his Tiger career with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tom Green from Georgia Southern, the school Finnegan transferred from to come to Memphis. Finnegan will face Middle Tennessee's Kai Schledorn at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. The other No. 2 singles Win came from newcomer James Spence. Spence won his opening match 6-4, 6-2 over UT-Chattanooga's Alex Mabred and downed his next opponent, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Spence will face Jens Pilgram-Larsen from Vanderbilt at 8:30, Saturday morning.
Martin Tamla suffered the lone Tiger setback in the Flight 2 bracket. Tamla won the first set of his match with UALR's Dave Baxendine, 7-5 but fell 6-0, 6-1 in the second and third sets to fall into the back bracket. Tamla will face Austin Peay's Marcos Quieroz at 10:30 Saturday morning in the consolation quarterfinals.
In the Flight Three bracket, sophomore Alex Jago was the lone Tiger to advance in the championship bracket, blanking his first round opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Jago then edged Lasha Janashia from Georgia Southern, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 to advance to a 9:30 a.m. match against Jordan Magariak. Also in the Flight Three bracket, Andrew Olswing battled back from a 6-1 first set loss to win the second set 6-2, but fell 11-9 in a third set super tiebreak. Olswing will face Brian Simon from Cumberland University at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, in the consolation bracket.
Tiger walk-on Trey Brower also finds himself in the Flight Three consolation bracket after dropping a tough 7-6 (4), 0-6, 10-7 decision to Walter Whitmire from UALR. Brower will face the winner of the Adrian Arroyave (Lindsey Wilson)/Brady McPherson (Cumberland) match at 11:30, Saturday.
The Tigers fared well in doubles, with the team of Bucewicz and Tamla winning their first round match 9-7 over the Vanderbilt team of Greg Sossaman/Jens Pilgram-Larsen to advance into the Flight One Doubles quarterfinals. That tandem will now face Jackson and Pollack from host Middle Tennessee at 3 p.m., Saturday. Memphis' other Flight One doubles team came up on the short end of a second 9-7 decision as Walker and Spence fell to Georgia Southern's Doruk Baglan and Tom Green.
In Flight Two doubles, the Memphis duo of Finnegan and Jago received a first-round bye, and will open competition against the team of Jarrad Bunt and Mithun Murali from UALR at 3 p.m., Saturday.
The duo of Olswing and Brower also received a first round bye, then advanced to the Flight Three doubles quarterfinals with an 8-4 win over the team of Nabil Labebedi and Marcos Quieroz from Austin Peay State. The Memphis duo will face Southern Illinois' Julian Angel Botero and Alexandru Nomicos at 3 p.m., Saturday.
Memphis will wrap up the MTSU Fall Invitational, Sunday, and will be back in action next weekend at the Southern Collegiate Championships in Athens, Ga.