Complete Day Two Summary from ITA Southeast Regional
Oct. 17, 2003
A majority of the top-seeded players who finally got a chance to start their respective schedules in the ITA Southeast Regional at The Racquet Club of Memphis and Club Six-50 made it through their opening match-ups and have plans to stay in Memphis another day longer in the quest for one of the two singles spots up for grabs for the ITA Indoor Championships.
No. 1 seed Bo Hodge, from the University of Georgia, won his opening match over fellow SEC opponent Florent Girod from Mississippi State, 6-4, 6-4.
All of the seeded players except one advanced in their Round of 64 singles match in the first quarterfinal of the singles draw. The lone exception was Kentucky head men's tennis coach Dennis Emery's nightmare. Alex Hume, who started the tournament off in the qualifying draw, won his Round of 128 match-up against Jason Varela of Georgia, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, and earned a spot in the Round of 64 against seeded teammate and doubles partner Nate Emge. The result was the top quarters' only seed to fall when Hume won 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 in a match-up that had the Regional Committee discussing a probable rule addition for next year's tournament.
A trio of seeds fell in the second quarter of the singles draw. UCF's Antonio Sierra was a second qualifier who made a statement about being put in the main draw at the next opportunity with a 6-3, 7-6 win over No. 25 Bryan Fisher of LSU. The draw gets nothing but tougher for Sierra with a Saturday morning match against No. 5 seed Simon Rea on Tennessee on his slate. Georgia's Richardo Gonzales also advanced over a seeded player, when Alabama's Christian Broderson was forced to withdraw due to injury after the two had split the first two sets 6-4, 6-3.
Ole Miss' Frederik Aarum took out qualifier Dominik Hect from Tennessee Tech, 6-2, 6-3, then used identical 6-3, 6-2 scores to down No. 25 seed Kristijan Mitovski. Aarum gets a crack at a top 10 seeded player Saturday, when he faces No. 9 seed John Isner from Georgia at 9 a.m.
Two more upsets came out of the third quarter bracket. UAB's Andre Maier upended Vanderbilt's Greg Sossaman, 6-3, 6-2, in the Round of 128, then downed No. 25 Tim Krebs from Miami, 6-3, 6-4. Maier will face No. 9 seed Dmitriy Koch in a Conference USA match-up, Saturday at 9 a.m.
Florida's Stefan Tell used a thrilling three set win over Robert Van Swelm from Troy State, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to earn a match against No. 17 Tigran Martirosyan from Kentucky. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Martirosyan became the second seeded player from the team to fall, this time 6-2, 6-3.
Georgia's Strahinja Bobusic pulled out one of two upsets in the last quarter of the bracket. Bobusic blanked UT Martin's Lucas Tregansin, 6-0, 6-0, then overcame a 7-5 first set loss to win 6-2, 6-4 over No. 17 Catalin Bradu from UCF. Bobusic will face SEC foe Chris Gostek from Alabama at 9 a.m., Saturday, in the Round of 32 match-up.
Miami's John Hoyes pulled the last upset of the draw, winning his opening match 6-4, 6-4 over UAB's Sanzuruz Zaman, before using a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 7 Matt Lockin to advance to a Saturday morning match-up against Memphis' seeded player Lee Taylor Walker. Walker, one of the No. 17 seeds, won his opening match over Auburn's Rodrigo Minozzo, 6-4, 7-6.
Memphis had three other singles players fall on the first day of the main draw. Junior Alex Bucewicz won his opening match 7-6, 6-2 over Zura Zhvania from Florida A&M, before falling to no. 4 Romain Ambert from Mississippi State in the Round of 64. Martin Tamla came back from a 6-0 first set loss to win the second set 6-4, but dropped the third 6-2 to Tennessee's Wade Orr.
Memphis' Trey Brower was a 'lucky loser', falling in his qualifying round match, but being inserted into the line-up when a main-draw player withdrew Thursday night. Brower drew a match against C-USA foe Reid Buorgeois from Southern Miss, and fell 6-2, 6-0.
Sophomore Alex Jago also fell in his Round of 128 match-up. Jago dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Jose-Carlos Pinto from Mississippi State and freshman James Spence came into his first home tournament and won 6-0, 6-1 over UAB's Ruben Zrihen before falling to No. 9 seed Stephen Mitchell, 6-1, 6-2.
The main draw singles will all be played Saturday at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Singles play begins at 9 a.m. while the doubles draw starts at approximately 1:00. The second round of doubles will be the first matches of the tournaments for the seeded teams, who received a first-round bye, Friday.