Draws Announced for All-American Pre-Qualifier Tournament
Oct. 4, 2000
Memphis, Tenn. -- - The University of Memphis found out Wednesday who members of the Tiger tennis team will be facing at the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying tournament in Stone Mountain, Ga., this weekend.
There are 256 entries in the singles competition, all vying for a finish at Stone Mountain that will qualify them for next weekend's qualifying tournament for the second leg of the ITA Grand Slam.
Junior Richard Magney (Sydney, Australia) will open the competition at 8 a.m., Friday, against Wake Forest's Raul Munoz in the round of 256.
At 9:30 a.m., the Tigers' Ben Stapp (Sydney, Australia) will square off with Georgia Tech's Roger Anderson.
Sophomore Joe Schmulian (Transvaal, South Africa) will face another Georgia Tech opponent when he plays the Yellow Jackets' Travis Iams at noon, Friday, while senior Alistair Todd (Perth, Australia) faces Michigan's Ben Cox at noon, Friday.
The Tigers will also be participating in the doubles portion of the tournament, where there are 110 doubles teams competing.
The team of Schmulian and junior Michael Chamberlain (Memphis, TN/Christian Brothers) will face the Furman team of Jamie Cameron and John Chesworth at noon, Saturday, while the duo of Stapp and Magney will face Alex Herrera and Jarrod Owen at 4 p.m., Saturday.
Due to the fact that this is a pre-qualifying tournament, there are no consolation brackets once a player or team suffers a loss.
The ITA Grand Slam consists of the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, the Rolex National Indoor Championships and the NCAA Championships in addition to the All-American Championships. The All-American Championships have been contested since 1979 and are considered by collegiate tennis coaches to be the toughest hard court event of the fall season.