Singles Quarterfinals Set for Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional
Oct. 16, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The stage is set for the final three rounds of the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional following the third day of competition at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The singles quarterfinals will take place at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, with the semifinals to follow at 1 p.m.
Tournament top seed Jesse Witten from Kentucky has advanced to one of the quarterfinals without losing a set, where he will face a battle-tested Vlad Obradovic from Florida, the No. 6 seed in the tournament. Obradovic has won two straight three-set matches, including a 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 come-from-behind victory over upset-minded Jason Pinky from Vanderbilt in the Round of 16 action. Witten downed Colin Purcell from Georgia in the round of 16 after Purcell was one of three non-seeded players to pull upsets and advance to the Round of 16.
The winner of the Witten/Obradovic quarterfinal will face the winner of the Janne Holmia and Josh Cohen match. Homia, the No. 4 seed from Florida, also came back from a first set loss, this one a 6-4 loss to Ole Miss' Eric Claesson, to win the next two sets, 6-0, 7-5. Cohen, the No. 9 seed from Miami, had an easier time with No. 17 seed Luigi D'Agord from Alabama, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Cohen has not dropped a set in three matches.
No. 9 seed Matias Ormaza from Georgia will face in-state foe Jamie Rodriguez from Georgia State, the No. 17 seed, in the third quarterfinal. Ormaza downed Kentucky's Nate Emge, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the Sunday quarterfinal, while Rodriguez avoided becoming a second-straight seed to fall to Tulane's David Goulet with a 6-2, 6-1 win.
The fourth quarterfinal will feature No. 5 seed Scott Brown from Vanderbilt against No. 9 seed Matic Omerzel, a second quarterfinalist from Georgia. Brown took out Middle Tennessee's Andreas Siljestrom, 6-1, 7-6, while Omerzel downed Mississippi State's Jose Carlos Pinto, 6-3, 6-3. Omerzel has dropped just one set, a 7-6 loss in a tiebreaker, to LSU's Danny Bryan in the round of 32. Other than that, none of his opponents have won more than four points in a set. Brown has won a tiebreaker, 7-6, to decide a match in his favor in each of the last two rounds.
Round of 16 Results
No. 1 Jesse Witten (Kentucky) def. Colin Purcell (Georgia), 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Vlad Obradovic (Florida) def. Jason Pinsky (Vanderbilt), 1-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 4 Janne Holmia (Florida) def. No. 17 Eric Claesson (Ole Miss), 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
No. 9 Josh Cohen (Miami) def. No. 17 Luigi D'Agord (Alabama), 6-3, 6-2
No. 9 Matias Ormaza (Georgia) def. No. 17 Nate Emge (Kentucky), 6-2, 6-3
No. 17 Jaime Rodriguez (Georgia State) def. David Goulet (Tulane), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Scott Brown (Vanderbilt) def. No. 9 Andreas Siljestrom (Middle Tennessee), 6-1, 7-6
No. 9 Matias Ormezel (Georgia) def. No. 17 Jose Carlos Pinto (Mississippi State), 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinal Match-ups for Sunday - 9:30 a.m.