Men's Tennis Season Opens Well;
Sept. 22, 2000
Murfreesboro, Tenn. -- -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team opened its fall schedule in style at the Middle Tennessee State Fall Invitational with seven of the eight participating Tigers still alive in the championship side of their respective brackets.
In the A Singles Flight, junior Richard Magney and sophomore Joe Schmulian both advanced to the quarterfinals. Magney upset No. 5 seeded Jerome LeBelicard from Mississippi State, 4-6, 7-5, 10-4, before downing MTSU's Mark Pellerin, 5-7, 6-1 and 15-13 in the tiebreaker. Schmulian, the No. 3 seed in the draw, advanced when Samford's Raphael Bohli withdrew from play. Should both Tigers advance past their next opponent, top seeded Eddie Coates from Vanderbilt for Magney and Domenico Manra from Arkansas State for Schmulian, they could face each other in the semifinals.
Sophomore Ben Stapp, a second-team all-conference player last year, was the only Tiger to not advance to the championship side of the bracket. Stapp fell to No. 2 seed Nikloa Aracic from Murray State, 7-6, 2-6, 2-10. Stapp will face host MTSU's Kirk Jackson in the consolation bracket, Saturday.
The Tigers went 3-0 through their B Singles Flight matches. Senior Alistair Todd, the No. 5 seed, downed Eduardo Richelle, 6-2, 6-3, while senior Jack Hu downed Western Kentucky's Evalades Jurans, 6-2, 2-6, 10-6.
Junior Michael Chamberlain, who transferred from MTSU after last season to compete under his dad at Memphis, is seeded fourth in the B singles and downed Samford's Chuck Haddox, 6-3, 6-2.
The remaining two Tigers also advanced in the C singles. Sophomore Jamie Adams and junior Michael LaHaie both advanced to the quarterfinals with wins, Friday. Adams downed Luis Delfin from Austin Peay State, 6-1, 6-2, while LaHaie posted straight sets wins, 6-1, 6-1, over Samford's John McCrume.
The tournament continues with remaining singles and doubles play, Saturday.