Cavaliers Shine on Day One of ITA All-American
TULSA, Okla. – Three Virginia singles players and two doubles teams advanced to the round of 16 during the first day of the ITA All-American Championships at the Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India), Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) advanced in singles, while Courtney and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.), along with Domijan and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) advanced in doubles.
In singles, three Cavaliers won a pair of matches on Thursday to reach the round of 16. Singh, the No. 12 seed, rallied to top Sadio Doumbia of Georgia in the first round, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. He followed that result with a 6-4, 7-6 win over James Meredith of Boise State in the second round. He plays Jose Hernandez of the North Carolina in the round of 16.
Courtney edged Louis Cant of Mississippi State 7-6, 7-6 in the first round before defeating Blaz Rola of Ohio State 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. He plays fourth-seeded Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech in the round of 16.
First-year Domijan made his ITA All-American debut with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 13th-seeded Javier Garrapiz of Georgia. He followed that with another 6-2, 6-1 win later in the day, topping Daniel Nguyen of USC. He plays second-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke in the round of 16.
Sixth-seeded Shabaz won his first round match, 6-2, 6-4, over Gonzalo Escobar of Texas Tech. In his second round match, he was tied 2-2 in the third set with Tennessee’s Matteo Fago when he had to retire due to cramps.
Jenkins lost his first round match to Alex Musialek of Kentucky, 6-3, 6-4. He rebounded later in the day to win his first round consolation match, 7-5, 6-2 over Clint Bowles of Florida State. He plays Ashley Watling of Tulsa in the second round of consolation play.
In doubles, the third-seeded team of Courtney and Shabaz opened play with an 8-4 win over Kyle McMorrow and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of Washington. They play Emanuel Brighiu and Chris Price of TCU in the second round.
The team of Domijan and Jenkins scored an 8-2 win over LSU’s Sebastian Carlsson and Neal Skupski in the first round. In the second round they meet Dean Jackson and Patrick Pohlmann of San Diego, who upset fourth-seeded Austin Kraijeck and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M in the first round.
Friday’s schedule begins with one round of singles, followed by two rounds of doubles.