doublThe University of Minnesota men's tennis team struggled in the first day of competition at the Denver Invitational today in Denver, Colo. The Golden Gophers went 3-3 in singles play and 1-0 in doubles action. Play continues in Denver through Sunday.
In Flight A of singles, Andres Osorio, D.J. Geatz and Sion Wilkins each lost in the round of 32 in their first matches of the fall season. Osorio dropped a close 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 match to Utah's Miron Mann, Geatz fell 6-4, 6-3 to No. 7 seed Jan Zelezny of Colorado and Wilkins lost 7-6 (4), 6-3 to New Mexico's Johnny Parkes.
After dropping their opening round matches, each Golden Gopher found success in the consolation draw, advaning to the quarterfinals. Osorio was on the winning end of a close match, upending No. 5 seed and 97th-ranked Max Jones of New Mexico, 7-6, 7-5. Geatz rebounded to cruise to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Denver's Steve Flaks, while Wilkins downed Kevin Borzenski of Pepperdine, 6-3, 6-2.
In the lone doubles match of the day, Minnesota's duo of Geatz and Osorio defeated New Mexico's Chandler Brass and Derek Lynch, 8-1, to advance to the round of 16.
The 2005 Denver Invitational features two flights of singles competition consisting of 32 players with a consolation round in each. The doubles bracket is a single-elimination open field of 32 pairs.
2005 Denver Invitational
Sept. 23, 2005
Flight A Singles
Round of 32 - Miron Mann (Utah) def. Andres Osorio (MN), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
Round of 32 - Jan Zelezny (7) (Colorado) def. D.J. Geatz (MN), 6-4, 6-3
Round of 32 - Johnny Parkes (New Mexico) def. Sion Wilkins (MN), 7-6 (4), 6-3
Consolation - Osorio (MN) def. #97 Max Jones (5) (New Mexico), 7-6, 7-5
Consolation - Geatz (MN) def. Steve Flaks (Denver), 6-4, 6-3
Consolation - Wilkins (MN) def. Kevin Borzenski (Pepperdine), 6-3, 6-2
Round of 32 - D.J. Geatz/Andres Osorio (MN) vs. Chandler Brass/Derek Lynch (New Mexico)
Flight A Singles
Consolation - Andres Osorio (MN) vs. Chad Tsuda (Colorado)
Consolation - D.J. Geatz (MN) vs. Eric Molnar (4) (Colorado)
Consolation - Sion Wilkins (MN) vs. Trevor Johnson (Air Force)
Round of 16 - Geatz/Osorio (MN) vs. Max Jones/Johnny Parkes (8) (New Mexico)