Men's tennis at the Southern Intercollegiate; day three updates
Olivares
Olivares

Sunday, September 21, 2008

ATHENS, Ga. (September 21, 2008) - Here are quick updates from the 41st annual Southern Intercollegiate Championships being played Friday through Monday, in Athens, Ga.

 

Senior Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) continued his strong play winning his quarterfinal match against Florida's Joey Burkhardt, 6-1, 6-4. In the semifinals, Olivares faced sixth seeded Reid Carleton of Duke, winning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The preseason No. 31st ITA ranked player now faces second seeded Bruno Agostinelli of Kentucky in the finals.

 

"Enrique, Alex (Ahlgren) and Danny (Daniel Isaza) are going to lead this team," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. Enrique is playing well right now. This is a young team and his leadership is key for us to get better and succeed this season."

 

Also in action Sunday was sophomore Matej Zlatkovic. Zlatkovic stayed alive, in the consolation bracket, by defeating the College of Charleston's number one seeded player, Mickael Boyer, 6-1,5-7,1-0 (10-7).

 

"Even though Matej record is not great right now, he playing really good tennis," said Zaatini. "I've thrown every new guy into the fire in these opening two tournaments. Every one of those players have shown a lot of heart and courage and continues to work hard. As a coach that's all you can ask for your team to do. Winning and losing are important, but during this fall season I'm looking for what type of attitude and effort our players bring to the courts day-in and day-out. If you look at the competition in our first two tournaments each guy is learning how to play at a top level throughout an entire tournament. "

 

In doubles action the ETSU team of Olivares and senior Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) blasted past Middle Tennessee's combo of Peers and Cowden, 8-3. Now Ahlgren and Olivares will face Duke's sixth seeded team of Dimitrov and Michel, Monday, in the semifinals.

 

Attached is an updated bracket with results. For more information and results, visit www.ETSUBUCS.com

 

Division         Round        Result

I                       QF               (4) Enrique Olivares (ETSU-31) def. Joey Burkhardt (Florida), 6-2, 6-2

I                       SE               (4) Enrique Olivares (ETSU-31) def. (6) Reid Carleton (Duke-39) 6-1, 6-4

I                       CONS 2      Matej Ztatkovic (ETSU) def. Mickael Boyer (Coll. of Charleston), 6-1, 5-7, 1-0(10-7)

I                       QF               Enrique Olivares/Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) def. Richard Cowden/John Peers (MTSU), 8-3

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