Columbia, S.C. (October 19, 2002) - East Tennessee State's men's tennis team advanced two singles players into Sunday's semi-finals round and one doubles team to the finals following a successful day two at the South Carolina Fall Invitational.
ETSU's Diego Iglesias (Mar del Plata, Argentina) defeated Wofford's Kent Ball (6-3, 5-7, 6-1) and was victorious over Mark Finnegan of Georgia Southern (6-3, 6-2) in order to advance to the semis. Sophomore Federico Ochoa (Manizales, Colombia) also had good day, knocking off College of Charleston's Cave Figueiredo (4-6, 6-2, 6-3) and Michael Jezt of Armstrong Atlantic (7-6, 2-6, 6-3). Also senior Francisco Diaz (Weston, Fla.) defeated Christian Rybertt of Jacksonville State (6-2, 4-6, 7-6) and Armstrong Atlantic's Tim Offerman (7-6, 6-1) in order to advance to the finals of the consolation bracket.
In Flight B-1 doubles action, Buccaneer tandem Francisco Diaz/Moises Serrano advanced to Sunday's finals after Alabama-Birmingham's duo had to withdraw because of injury. Diaz/Serrano will face North Carolina State's Rehman Esmail/Will Shaw for the championship.
Singles Results - Day two - 2002 South Carolina Fall Invitational
Francisco Diaz d. Christian Rybertt (Jacksonville State), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
Francisco Diaz d. Tim Offermann (Armstrong Atlantic), 7-6 (3), 6-1
John Janssen (James Madison) d. Moises Serrano, 6-3, 6-2
Diego Iglesias d. Kent Ball (Wofford), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
Diego Iglesias d. Mark Finnegan (Georgia Southern), 6-3, 6-2
Federico Ochoa d. Cave Figueiredo (Coll. of Charleston), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Federico Ochoa d. Michael Jezt (Armstrong Atlantic), 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
Alejandro Salazar d. Aly Mandour (USC-Spartanburg), 6-3, 6-2)
Chris Conyer (Virginia) d. Alejandro Salazar, 6-1, 6-3
Ben Atkinson/Angelo Niculescu (S. Carolina) d. Salazar/Iglesias, 3-0, Ret. (Inj.)
Diaz/Serrano d. Bill Brehmer/Miles Lizic (Coll. of Charleston), 8-3
Diaz/Serrano d. Ivan Andrev/Ruben Zrihen (UAB), Default (inj.)