LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2010) - The ETSU men's tennis team had several members advance in main draw singles action at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Friday at the University of Kentucky.
The Bucs got off to a strong start on Friday as Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) who is the 11th ranked player in the field, earned a tough three set victory over Maks Gold of Kentucky 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Gille will meet Dalton Albertin of Ball State in the second round tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) also earned a come from behind three set victory as he knocked off Robert Hall of Louisville 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, in the opening round of play. Teraz advances to take on Szymon Tatarczyk of Purdue at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Sophomore Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) advanced as well after a straight set victory over Alex Das of Eastern Kentucky 6-2, 7-6 (0). He will take on third-seeded Austin Childs of Louisville in round two tomorrow at 1:30 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. However, he fell to Charlie Jones of Vanderbilt in straight sets in the main draw. Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) and Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) also fell in the round of 64 on Friday.
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.
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 features 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.
Fans can visit UKAthletics.com for complete brackets and results.
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