Two Players Move On at 2008 ITA Championships
Aug. 12, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two U of M tennis athletes survived to play another day at the 2008 Intercollegiate Tennis Assocation Summer National Championships. Ashley Murdock and Leon Nasemann will face third round competition today in Bloomington, Ind. Four other Tiger's will compete in the consolation bracket. Amanda Brown, Marjorie Ondeck and Dara Toulch of the women's tennis team, and Charlie Ramsay, of the men's tennis team, all lost matches yesterday, but will look to avenge those losses in consolation play on Tuesday.
Murdock, a junior from Memphis, opened the tournament by defeating Amanda Moccia of Western Michigan in three sets. The returning All-CUSA honoree, matches up against Alabama's Paulina Bigos in third round action on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., in Bloomington. Bigos, a junior for the Crimson Tide from Krasnik, Poland, posted a 16-18 singles record last season. Bigos upended Vanessa Pangikas of St. Peter's College, 6-0, 6-1, in action yesterday.
Nasemann, a sophomore for the Tigers, defeated Patrick Dwyer of Iowa in the first round, 6-3, 6-2. Nasemann continued to roll in singles play, taking down another Big Ten opponent, Michael O'Connell of Ohio State, 6-3, 6-2. Nasemann will take on Justin Raiti of Division II-affiliated, St. Edward's University, at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday. St. Edward's finished last season ranked No. 22 in the nation.
In consolation play, Toulch is poised to face Halee Elmore of Saint Louis University at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Toulch, lost in second round play to Anamika Bhargava of Pepperdine, 6-0, 6-0. Elmore, who was named Second Team All-Atlantic Ten last season,was defeated by Christina Keesey of Ohio State, 7-6, 7-6.
Also set to play a consolation match on Tuesday are Brown and Ondeck. She will take on Denise Azcul at 11:30 a.m. Brown was defeated by Lindsay Kinstler of USC in the second round of Monday's action. Ondeck will face off with Hannah Blatt of Vanderbilt at 11:30 a.m.. Ondeck won her first match on Monday vs. Emily Dudzik of Western Michigan, but fell in her second match of the day to Molly Scott of Darmouth, 6-3, 6-3. Blatt of Vanderbilt is originally from Nashville. Vanderbilt finished the 2008 season ranked 10th-best team in the nation.
On the men's side of the consolation bracket, Ramsay is set to take on David Streeter of Michigan at 1:00 p.m, on Tuesday. Ramsay was defeated in his first round match against Mak Kendall of Indiana, 7-6, 6-1. Streeter finished the season with a 8-4 record for the Wolverines.
The ITA Summer National Championships will continue to be played until Friday, Aug. 15. Updates on results can be found at the end of the day on the University of Indiana's athletic website.