Men's Tennis Opens Southern Intercollegiate Championships Friday
Sept. 18, 2003
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Memphis men's tennis team continues its 2003 fall season at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the University of Georgia in Athens, Friday. The entire Tiger roster will compete in this weekend's tournament, one of 13 nationally-ranked teams at the end of the 2002-03 season to participate in the regionally-based tournament.
Memphis has two participants entered in the Division I Singles. Junior Marten Tamla is in the upper half of the draw, and will open competition, Friday, at 8 a.m. against the College of Charleston's Timo Siebert. The winner of that match gets No. 10 seed Claes Lindholm from Ole Miss at 12:30 p.m., Friday. Senior Lee Taylor Walker is in the bottom half of the draw and will open at 8 a.m., Friday, against Ole Miss' Karim Alaily. The winner of that match draws No. 12 seed John Isner from host Georgia at 2:30 p.m., Friday.
Sophomore James Spence is one of 12 seeded players in the Division II Singles draw. Bringing a 3-1 mark into the tournament after winning the Flight Two Consolation Singles title at Middle Tennessee, Spence will receive a first-round bye and will face the winner of the Artie Peller (College of Charleston)/Vincent Patry (Georgia Southern) match at 1:30 p.m., Friday. Junior Alex Bucewicz is also in the top half of the Division II draw. Bucewicz will face East Tennessee's Diego Iglesias at 9 a.m., Friday with the winner advancing to a second-round match at 3 p.m. Junior Mark Finnegan is Memphis' third entrant in the Division II singles. Finnegan will play Georgia Tech's Jack Depaolo at 9:30 a.m., Friday, with the winner facing host Georgia's Ricardo Gonzalez, who received a first-round bye, at 3:30 p.m.
Memphis also has three entrants in the Division III Singles. Sophomore Trey Brower, who advanced to the Flight III Consolation Finals at MTSU last weekend, will receive a first-round bye and will face Georgia Southern's Lasha Janashia at 10 a.m., Friday. Junior Andrew Olswing and sophomore Alex Jago are in the bottom half of the Division III draw. Olswing will receive a first-round bye before facing the winner of the Stephane Dubienski (Georgia Southern)/Steven Ward (William & Mary), match at noon, Friday. Jago will also receive a first-round bye before facing Georgia Southern's Diego Flores at 9 a.m.
Memphis has four doubles teams at this weekend's tournament. The team of Walker and Spence will play in the Division I doubles competition, which will open on Saturday. The Tiger duo will face the Georgia team of Varela and Bobusic, Saturday.
Three Memphis teams will compete in Division II doubles. The team of Bucewicz and Tamla is seeded No. 5 in the draw and will open against the Georgia Southern duo of Jamashia and Moseley, Saturday. The tandem of Olswing and Brower will open against Stubbs and Adrian from Stetson and the team of Jago and Finnegan will play Fish and O'Brien from William & Mary.