Three Cavaliers Advance at ITA All-America Qualifying
TULSA, Okla. – Three members of the Virginia men’s tennis team advanced during the first day of qualifying at the ITA All-America Championships Monday on the University of Tulsa campus. Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.), Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) all won their opening match in the tournament and are two wins away from the main draw.
Barrick, the No. 3 seed in qualifying, won a thriller over Kentucky’s Alex Musialek, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6. He will play Ivan Salec of Radford in the second round on Tuesday. Singer, the No. 8 seed, rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Skate Gorham of Brown in his first round match. He plays Chris Thiemann of Ole Miss in the second round. Courtney topped Adam Baker of Vanderbilt 6-3, 6-4 in his opener and will meet Jim Brouleau of New Mexico State in round two.
Barrick, Singer and Courtney are all two victories away from the qualifying for the 64-player main draw. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) were selected for the main draw on the basis of their preseason ranking.
Two Cavaliers lost their first round qualifying matches on Monday. Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) fell in three sets to Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt and Santiago Villegas (Bogota, Colombia) lost in straight sets to Daniel Nguyen of USC.