Tigers Notch Singles Wins at ITA Regionals
Oct. 20, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Charlie Ramsay and Jorge Vazquez paced the Memphis men's tennis team at the 2008 ITA Southeast Regional in Lexington, Ky., winning a combined five matches for Paul Goebel's U of M tennis squad. The ITA Southeast Regional field was full of players from nationally ranked schools in the Southeast Region. The field also included several highly rated singles players.
Vazquez, a senior from La Coruna, Spain, started things off in the first round of singles competition with a defeat of Shane Collins of Kentucky. Vazquez who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer guidelines, won 7-5, 6-0, over Collins. Collins was 6-6 for the Wildcats last season.
In the second round of play, Vazquez upended Vijay Paul of Vanderbilt. Paul is the nation's No. 80 ranked singles player. Vazquez won the match 6-4, 6-3. Paul had wins over the No. 78, 112 and 116 ranked tennis players in 2007.
Vazquez defeated Peter Sauska of Chattanooga in the third round of the ITC Southeast regional, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-5. Sauska was 16-3 for UTC last season.
In the fourth round of competion, Miami's Daniel Vallverdu notched the win over Vazquez, 6-3, 6-1. Vallverdu is currently rated as the No. 3 singles player in the country. Vallverdu was 19-6 last season.
Ramsay, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., won his first match of the tournament, defeating Filip Kricka of Stetson, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Stetson finished last year as the No. 61 men's tennis team in the nation. Kricka went 19-5 for the Stetson Hatters in 2007. Ramsay posted a record of 7-10 in his sophomore season.
In his second match, Ramsay upended John Tragardh of LSU, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. LSU finished last season ranked No. 16 in the country.
Ramsay fell in his third match of the tournament, losing 6-0, 6-2, to Bram ten Berge of Ole Miss. Ten Berge is currently rated as the No. 58 singles player.
Leon Nasemann and Benedikt Fischer were both knocked out in the first round of singles. Nasemann fell 6-4, 6-1 to LSU's Julien Gauthier. Gauthier was defeated by Vazquez at the ULL Invitational in Lafayette, La., early this season. Fischer lost 7-5, 6-2 to Jon Hamui of Florida. Hamui is ranked No. 123 in singles.