Cavaliers Continue Success in All-America Qualifying
TULSA, Okla. – The Virginia men’s tennis team continued it success at the ITA All-America Championships as day two of qualifying took place on the campus of the University of Tulsa. The Cavaliers had two singles players and two doubles teams advance to the final round of qualifying.
No. 8 seed Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) advanced to the final round of singles qualifying when his opponent, Chris Thiemann of Ole Miss, had to retire due to injury with Singer leading 7-6, 4-2. He will play George Coupland of Mississippi State on Wednesday for a place in the 64-player main draw.
No. 32 seed Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) rolled to a straight set win on Tuesday, topping Jim Brouleau of New Mexico State 6-1, 6-1. He will meet Marcel Thiemann of Ole Miss in the final round of qualifying.
No. 3 seed Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) was upset in his second round qualifying match, falling to Ivan Salec of Radford in straight sets.
Singer and Courtney will look to reach the main draw field with wins on Wednesday. Two Cavaliers, Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) are already in the main draw due to their preseason ranking.
In doubles qualifying, two Cavaliers teams won two matches to advance to the final round of qualifying. Singer and Courtney defeated Adham El-Effendi and Darren Walsh of SMU 9-8 in the first round before topping Lachlan Ferguson and Alexander Van of Indiana 8-4 in the second round. They meet top-seeded Jason Jung and George Navas of Michigan Wednesday for a spot in the main draw.
The team of Milo Johnson (Tulsa, Okla.) and Santiago Villegas (Bogota, Colombia) defeated Marc Bruche and Nikita Zotov of Iowa 8-5 in the first round before downing Slah Mbarek and Zach Nichols of TCU in the second round. They play Duke’s Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha in the final round of qualifying on Wednesday.
Virginia has two teams already in the 32-team main draw of doubles. The teams of Barrick and Singh and Shabaz and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) gained direct entry due to their preseason rankings.