Men's tennis off to strong start at ITA Ohio Valley Regionals

Friday, October 22, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2010) - The ETSU men's tennis team got off to a solid start to the ITA Ohio Valley Regional by earning several victories on Thursday at the University of Kentucky.

In doubles, the ETSU team of Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) and Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) had a first round bye in the qualifying doubles bracket. The duo then defeated the Eastern Kentucky team of Verma/Pons 8-3. Akser/Ramirez will advance to the main draw and take on the Louisville team of Childs/Carter tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Ramirez also had a successful day in singles action as he defeated Derek Carpenter of Ball State 6-0, 5-7, 6-3. Then, he knocked off David Salazar of Lipscomb 6-4, 6-2. With the victory over Salazar, Ramirez advances to the main draw to take on Bobby Deye of Xavier, tomorrow at 5 p.m.
Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) got off to a nice start on Thursday after defeating Colton Norton of Tennessee 6-1, 6-1, in qualifying singles. Bonnevalle then defeated Nick Volz of IUPUI in the second round 6-4, 6-4. Bonnevalle will join Ramirez as a qualifier to the main draw and will take on Charlie Jones of Vanderbilt tomorrow at 4 p.m.
ETSU freshman Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) earned a first round victory in qualifying singles before getting defeated in round two.
The tournament features a 44-player singles qualifying round, advancing 11 players to the 64 player singles main draw. The tournament, which is played entirely indoors, will also feature a doubles qualifying round that will result in six doubles duos advancing to the doubles main draw.
The first round of singles and two rounds of doubles play will take place on Friday. On Saturday, action will move solely to the Lexington Tennis Club with the doubles quarterfinals, singles round of 32, round of 16 and the singles consolation rounds. The event will move back to UK's campus Sunday with the doubles semifinals, singles quarterfinals, semifinals and the conclusion of the singles consolation. Both the singles and doubles finals will be played at UK on Monday. All time are ET and subject to change.
The event will feature some of the best players in the collegiate ranks, including nine ranked players in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason singles poll. The list of ranked players include: No. 1 J.P. Smith (Tennessee), No. 8 Eric Quigley (Kentucky), No. 10 Austen Childs (Louisville), No. 20 Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt), No. 21 Rhyne Williams (Tennessee), No. 32 Alex Musialek (Kentucky), No. 63 Simon Childs (Louisville), No. 83 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee) and No. 93 Grega Teraz (ETSU). There will also be four ranked doubles teams at the event, featuring No. 8 Quigley/Brad Cox (Kentucky), No. 45 Childs/Viktor Maksimcuk (Louisville), No. 47 Jordan Smith/David Henry (Memphis) and No. 48 Adam Baker/Lipman (Vanderbilt).
ETSU will be joined at the event by Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Lipscomb, Louisville, Purdue, UT-Chattanooga, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, IUPUI, Tennessee Tech, Kentucky, Butler, Memphis, Ball State, Wright State and Xavier.
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MBB UNC Greensboro 80 F
Dec 13 ETSU 79
WBB Eastern Kentucky University 49 Final
Dec 13 ETSU 64
WBB ETSU 86 Final
Dec 15 Morehead State University 77
MBB ETSU 63 F
Dec 16 Eastern Kentucky 60
WBB ETSU 48 Final
Dec 19 University of North Carolina Wilmington 61
WBB ETSU 56 Final
Dec 20 Jacksonville State University 57
MBB ETSU Richmond, Va.
Dec 22, 7:00 p.m. VCU
WBB Iona College Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 29, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Dec 31, 1:00 p.m. Tennessee
WBB ETSU Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jan 2, 2:00 p.m. University of North Carolina
MBB VMI Freedom Hall
Jan 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Birmingham, Ala.
Jan 5, 8:00 p.m. Samford
MBB Mercer Freedom Hall
Jan 8, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Greenville, S.C.
Jan 10, 2:00 p.m. Furman University
MBB Chattanooga Freedom Hall
Jan 10, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Spartanburg, S.C.
Jan 12, 11:30 a.m. Wofford College