Oct. 18, 2012
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MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team hosts some of the top college tennis players in the country this weekend as part of the USTA ITA Ohio Valley Regional that begins at The Racquet Club of Memphis, Friday.
The Ohio Valley Regional is a strong one in collegiate tennis, consisting of nine teams that qualified for the 64-team field at the NCAA team tournament last season. Teams participating this weekend who also were in the NCAA's last year include East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Other teams participating in this weekend's regional hail from Austin Peay, Ball State, Belmont, Butler, Dayton, IUPUI, Lipscomb, Murray State, Tennessee Tech, Wright State and Xavier.
The tournament opens Friday with three rounds of doubles and one round of singles play. The morning will open with doubles play at 8:30 a.m. Tennessee's John Collins and Mikelis Libietis are the top seed in the doubles draw, followed by the No. 2 seeded team of Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai from Kentucky. Both of those duos will receive a first round bye and will open play in the Round of 32. The host team has the No. 3 seeded duo, as the Memphis team of Connor Glennon and David O'Hare start the tourney with a first round bye and will begin their run at 10:30 a.m., Friday, in the Round of 32. The Vanderbilt team of Rhys Johnson and Ryan Lipman are the No. 4 seed in the doubles draw, and will open their schedule in the Round of 32 at 11 a.m., Friday.
Following three rounds of Friday doubles will be the one round of singles. Kentucky's Anthony Rossi is the No. 1 seed in the singles draw, and awaits the winner of Florian Graskamp (Eastern Kentucky) vs. Manuel Barroetavena (Chattanooga) in the round of 64. The No. 12 ranked player in the country at the start of the season, Rossi is the highest ranked singles player in this weekend's field. Not far behind Rossi in the rankings is Tennessee's Mikelis Libietis, the No. 15 ranked player in the country and No. 2 seed in this singles draw. Liebietis also opens his singles slate on Saturday in the Round of 64. Other ranked players in the singles draw include No. 26 Gonzales Austin (Vanderbilt), No. 45 Tom Jomby (Kentucky), No. 64 Panav Jha (Kentucky), No. 70 Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (Louisville), No. 82 David O'Leary (Memphis), No. 83 Isade Juneau (Indiana), No. 92 Ben Davis (Middle Tennessee), No. 106 Connor Glennon (Memphis) and No. 122 Albert Wagner (Louisville). All of those ranked players are seeded in the draw and will receive a first-round bye, meaning they will open their singles runs on Saturday, when there are two rounds of singles scheduled.
Admission to the tournament is free and the entire tournament will be hosted indoors at The Racquet Club of Memphis. To see the complete draws, please click the link here
Five of Memphis' six singles entries are seeded in the singles draw and will not start singles play until Saturday morning. Cedric de Zutter will be the lone Tiger to play singles on Friday. He will face Dayton's Colin Bernier at approximately 6 p.m. in the Round of 128.
The Tigers' doubles team of Glennon and O'Hare are awaiting the winner of the Manuel Barroetavena/Jackson Tresnan (Chattanooga) vs. Florian Graskamp/Joao Maio (Eastern Kentucky) match at 10:30 a.m., Friday. Likewise, teammates David O'Leary and Joe Salisbury have also received a first round bye in doubles and await the winners of the match between Vanderbilt's team of Michael Retta and Krostofer Yee and Dayton's team of Devin Jones and Aidan Koross.
Teammates DeZutter and Johnny Grimal will begin play at 8:30 a.m., Friday, against the team of Dalton Albertin and Ray Leonard from Ball State.
Complete Friday Schedule
Round of 64
Cedric De Zutter/Johnny Grimal (Memphis) vs. Dalton Albertin/Ray Leonard (Ball State), 8:30 a.m.
Thomas Gans/Deon Shafer (IUPUI) vs. Jan Dombrowski/Juanjo de le Llera (EKU), 8:30 a.m.
Andrew Hanley/Robert Salcedo (Dayton) vs. Tyler Jeffers/Adam Taylor (Murray State), 8:30 a.m.
Michal Lyzwa/Lauri Makikalli (Wright State) vs. Michael Moe/Phillip Diaz (Xavier), 8:30 a.m.
Manuel Barroetavena/Jackson Tresnan (Chattanooga) vs. Florian Graskamp/Joao Maio (EKU), 8:30 a.m.
Juan Ramirez/Jorge Varon (ETSU) vs. Max Mitric/Aleks Mitric (Murray State), 8:30 a.m.
Alex Gornet/Albert Wagner (Louisville) vs. Panav Jha/Juan Pablo Murra (Kentucky), 8:30 a.m.
Brandon MacDonald/Zach Mueck (Xavier) vs. Jason Jaruvang/Nick Volz (IUPUI), 8:30 a.m.
David Salazar/Colby Shaw (Lipscomb) vs. Yannick Born/Marlon Brand (MTSU), 8:30 a.m.
Michael Retta/Kristofer Yee (Vanderbilt) vs. Devin Jones/Aidan Koross (Dayton), 8:30 a.m.
Tommy Marx/Sam O'Neill (Butler) vs. Tanner Brown/Strecker (Lipscomb), 9:30 a.m.
Sean Bailey/Aleksas Tverijonas (APSU) vs. Ankit Chopra/Roberto Vieira (Chattanooga), 9:30 a.m.
D. Watson/Austin Woldmoe (Butler) vs. Joao Camara/Max McLean (Murray State), 9:45 a.m.
Ruygi Hirooka/Beck Pennington (Kentucky) vs. Henrik Claesson/Fernando Mussolini (Belmont), 9:45 a.m.
Colin Bernier/Josh Malyon (Dayton) vs. Brandon Fickey/Taylor Patrick (Tennessee), 9:45 a.m.
Renato Antun/Henrique Norbiato (Belmont) vs. Alex Brym/Austin Smith (Ball State), 9:45 a.m.
Round of 32
No. 1 seed John Collins/Mikelis Libietis (Tennessee) vs. winner DeZutter/Grimal (Memphis) vs. Albertin/Leonard (Ball State), 10 a.m.
No. 9 seed Grant Roberts/Anthony Rossi (Kentucky) vs. winner Gans/Shafer (IUPUI) vs. Dombrowski/de le Liera (EKU), 10 a.m.
No. 7 seed Isade Juneau/Dimitrije Tasic (Indiana) vs. winner Hanley/Salcedo (Dayton) vs. Jeffers/Taylor (Murray), 10 a.m.
No. 9 seed Syrym Abdukhalikov/Alejandro Augusto (TennTech) vs. winner Lyzwa/Makikalli (Wright State) vs. Moe/Diaz (Xavier), 10 a.m.
No. 3 seed Connor Glennon/David O'Hare (Memphis) vs. winner Manuel Barroetavena/Jackson Tresnana (Chattanooga), 10:30 a.m.
No. 9 seed Ben Davis/Christoph Lang (Middle Tennessee) vs. winner Ramirez/Varon (ETSU) vs. Mitric/Mitric (Murray), 10:30 a.m.
No. 5 seed Jaryd Chaplin/Edward Jones (Tennessee) vs. winner Gornet/Wagner (Louisville) vs. Jha/Murra (Kentucky), 10:45 a.m.
No. 9 seed Gonzales Austin/Jeffrey Offerdahl (Vanderbilt) vs. winner MacDonald/Mueck (Xavier) vs. Jaruvang/Volz (IUPUI), 10:45 a.m.
No. 9 seed Austin Siegel/Sebastian Stiefelmeyer (Louisville) vs. winner Salazar/Shaw (Lipscomb) vs. Born/Brand (Middle Tennessee), 11 a.m.
No. 8 seed David O'Leary/Joe Salisbury (Memphis) vs. winner Retta/Yee (Vanderbilt) vs. Jones/Koross (Dayton), 11 a.m.
No. 9 seed Jesus Bandres/Roger Ordeig (ETSU) vs. winner Marx/O'Neill (Butler) vs. Brown/Strecker (Lipscomb), 11 a.m.
No. 4 seed Rhys Johnson/Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) vs. winner Bailey/Tverijonas (APSU) vs. Chopra/Vieira (Chattanooga), 11 a.m.
No. 9 seed Jami Clark/Hayden Joblin (Wright State) vs. winner Watson/Woldmoe (Butler) vs. Camara/McLean (Murray), 11:30 a.m.
No. 6 seed Patrick Elliott/Cliff Morrison (Ball State) vs. winner Hirooka/Pennington (Kentucky) vs. Claesson/Mussolini (Belmont), 11:30 a.m.
No. 9 seed Mesa Mei/Jimmy Roebker (Xavier) vs. winner Bernier/Malyon (Dayton) vs. Fickey/Patrick (Tennessee), 11:30 a.m.
No. 2 seed Jomby/Lai (Kentucky) vs. winner Antun/Norbiato (Belmont) vs. Brym/Smith (Ball State), 11:30 a.m.
Round of 16 doubles will start at Noon.
Round of 128
Florian Graskamp (EKU) vs. Manuel Barroetavena (Chattanooga), 2 p.m.
Austin Woldmoe (Butler) vs. Marlon Brand (Middle Tennessee), 2 p.m.
Fernando Mussolini (Belmont) vs. Michal Lyzwa (Wright State), 2 p.m.
Cliff Morrison (Ball State) vs. Aleksas Tverijonas (APSU), 2 p.m.
Elliott Yee (Indiana) vs. Devin Jones (Dayton), 2 p.m.
Michael Moe (Xavier) vs. Michael Retta (Vanderbilt), 2 p.m.
Jason Jaruvang (IUPUI) vs. Brandon MacDonald (Xavier), 2:30 p.m.
Henrik Claesson (Belmont) vs. Juanjo de le Llera (EKU), 2:30 p.m.
Colby Shaw (Lipscomb) vs. Joao Maio (EKU), 2:30 p.m.
Adam Krull (Xavier) vs. Jackson Tresnan (Chattanooga), 2:30 p.m.
Pulok Bhattacharya (Butler) vs. Sean Bailey (APSU), 3:30 p.m.
Ankit Chopra (Chattanooga) vs. Jan Dombrowski (EKU), 3:30 p.m.
Aidan Koross (Dayton) vs. Jami Clark (Wright State), 3:30 p.m.
Dimitrije Tasic (Indiana) vs. Hayden Joblin (Wright State), 3:30 p.m.
Beck Pennington (Kentucky) vs. Jorge Varon (ETSU), 4:00 p.m.
Renato Antun (Belmont) vs. Nick Volz (IUPUI), 4 p.m.
Josh Malyon (Dayton) vs. Max McLeon (Murray), 4 p.m.
David Salazar (Lipscomb) vs. Ruygi Hirooka (Kentucky), 4 p.m.
Alex Gornet (Louisville) vs. Roger Ordeig (ETSU), 4:30 p.m.
Juan Pablo Murra (Kentucky) vs. Mesa Mei (Xavier), 4:30 p.m.
Alex Brym (Ball State) vs. Tommy Marx (Butler), 4:30 p.m.
Andrew Hanley (Dayton) vs. Thomas Gans (IUPUI), 5:00 p.m.
Taylor Patrick (Tennessee) vs. Zach Mueck (Xavier), 5 p.m.
Dalton Albertin (Ball State) vs. Tanner Brown (Lipscomb), 5 p.m.
Joao Camara (Murray State) vs. Ettore Zito (Middle Tennessee), 5:30 p.m.
Deon Shafer (IUPUI) vs. Oliver Strecker (Lipscomb), 5:30 p.m.
Kevin Lai (Kentucky) vs. Henrique Norbiato (Belmont), 5:30 p.m.
Patrick Elliott (Ball State) vs. Tyler Jeffers (Murray State), 5:30 p.m.
Billy Weldon (Butler) vs. Yannick Born (Middle Tennessee), 6 p.m.
Ricardo Pineda (Wright State) vs. Adam Taylor (Murray State), 6 p.m.
Cedric de Zutter (Memphis) vs. Colin Bernier (Dayton), 6 p.m.
Austin Smith (Ball State) vs. Alejandro Augusto (TennTech) 6 p.m.