Men's Tennis Falls out of Championship Draws at MTSU
Sept. 13, 2003
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's tennis team saw its tournament schedule come to an abrupt turn as all five of the singles players in the championship draw at Middle Tennessee were eliminated in their respective matches, Saturday.
No. 3 seed Sebastian Faulk from UALR downed Alex Bucewicz, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals, and won that match and will face his teammate Bastian Faisst at 9 a.m. for the Flight One Singles championship, Sunday. Faisst upset No. 5 seed Lee Taylor Walker in his Round of Eight match, 6-3, 6-2, and was up 6-2, 2-0 when his opponent from Tennessee Tech had to withdraw due to injury.
Memphis had a bit more luck in the Flight Two singles bracket, as James Spence won his first Saturday match, 6-1, 6-0, over Vanderbilt's Jens Pilgram-Larsen. But Middle Tennessee's Rishan Kuruppu took a 7-5, 6-2 win over Spence to advance to the finals. Kuruppu will face teammate Kai Schledron, who also upended a Tiger opponent en route the finals appearance. Schleddorn downed Mark Finnegan, 6-2, 6-2 in the Round of Eight.
The lone remaining Tiger in Flight Three Singles fell Saturday, this time in a super tie-break after splitting the opening sets 6-4 and 1-6. Sophomore Alex Jago battled Jordan Magariak, but came up short in the super tiebreak, 10-4.
A pair of Tigers will compete in singles on Sunday though, as Martin Tamla and Trey Brower each won their Saturday consolation singles matches. Tamla downed Austin Peay's Marcos Quieroz, 6-0, 6-2 and will face Stephen Dobienski from Georgia Southern, Sunday. Brower won his super tiebreak, winning the first set 6-3 and dropping the second 3-6 to Lindsey Wilson College's Adrian Arroyave. But Brower prevailed in the tiebreak, 10-8 and has advanced to the semifinals where he will face Austin Peay's Brett Bolton at 8:30 a.m., Sunday.
The day did not go well for the Tigers doubles teams either. The duo of Bucewicz and Tamla fell 8-1 to the MTSU team of Siljestrom and Kuruppu in the Flight One Doubles semifinals, while the duo of Finnegan and Jago were eliminated from the draw by the team of Bunt and Murali from UALR, 8-4.
Memphis did advance another doubles team to the quarterfinals in the Flight Three Doubles, where Olswing and Brower fell to Botero and Nomicos from Southern Illinois.
Memphis will compete next weekend at the Southern Collegiate Championships in Athens, Ga. Six Tiger singles players will then travel to Chattanooga to hopefully start a long run through the ITA All-American qualifying process. Six singles players (Walker, Bucewicz, Jago, Spence, Finnegan and Tamla) will begin the process by competing in the Pre-Qualifier, Oct. 3rd-6th.