Stapp Falls Just Short of Pulling Upset in ITA Qualifying
Oct. 10, 2002
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Senior men's tennis player Ben Stapp (Sydney, Australia/St. Joseph's) can now focus on his doubles match with teammate Lee Taylor Walker (Jackson, Tenn./University School of Jackson) after falling just short of upsetting the No. 3 seed in the ITA All-American Qualifier, Thursday.
Stapp won the opening set from William Barker, the No. 3 seed of the bracket, 6-4. Barker answered back with a 6-3 win in the second set to force the third set tiebreak. The third set was close, but Barker prevailed, 7-6 (6), to advance to the Round of 32. Barker won his Round of 32 match to advance to the Round of 16, 6-2, 6-4
Stapp and Walker, who automatically qualified for the main draw of the doubles tournament, will face the duo of Ari Strasberg and Alex Vlaski from Washington at 6:30 p.m., Thursday. The winner of that match advances into the Round of 16 to face the winner of the Evan Austin/Karim Benmansour (Kentucky)/Thomas Haug/Avery Ticer (Minnesota) match.
Twenty-seven of the 32 doubles teams at the ITA All-American are nationally-ranked. A list of the ranked teams competing at the ITA Thursday thru Satuday is below:
No. 2 Scott Lipsky/David Martin Stanford No. 3 Oliver Maiberger/Ryan Redondo San Diego State No. 4 Michael Calkins/Amer Delic Illinois No. 6 Nic Boeker/Bo Hodge Georgia No. 7 Jean Simon/Jose Zahri Texas No. 11 Robert Kowalczyk/Balazs Veress California No. 12 Thomas Haug/Avery Ticer Minnesota No. 13 Carlos Lozano/Erik Nyman BYU No. 14 Rameez Junaid/Rodrigo Minozco Auburn No. 15 Lester Cook/Ante Matijevic Texas A&M No. 16 David Corrie/Nathan McGregor Texas-Arlington No. 17 Johan Brunstrom/Henrik Soderberg SMU No. 19 Bobby Reynolds/Lewis Smith Vanderbilt No. 21 Cody Conley/Octavian Nicodim Louisville No. 22 Evan Austin/Karim Benmansour Kentucky No. 23 Jonathan Endrikat/Brian Morton UC-Irvine No. 24 Oliver Choo/Jonathan Chu Harvard No. 27 Ari Strasberg/Alex Vlaski Washington No. 28 Felix Hardt/Valentino Pest San Diego State No. 29 Ben Stapp/Lee Taylor Walker Memphis No. 30 Maxim Belski/Stephen Mitchell Alabama No. 31 Mark Dietrick/Simon Rea Tennessee No. 35 Richard Barker/William Barker Rice No. 37 Kirk Jackson/Daniel Klemenz Middle Tennessee No. 38 Oliver Levant/Eleazar Magallan Florida No. 43 Benjamin Becker/Benedikt Dorsch Baylor No. 44 Phil Stolt/Brian Wilson Illinois