todaUniversity of Minnesota men's tennis player Nic Edlefsen (Minneapolis, Minn.) went 2-0 in singles play today at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., to advance to the round of 16. Edlefsen also won his first round doubles match with Sion Wilkins to move into the round of 32. Joining them in the doubles draw is Adrien Debreyne and Raoul Schwark who will take on 60th-ranked and fourth-seeded Demar Johnson/ Slarko Radman of Louisville.
In singles play, Edlefsen was the only one of five Golden Gophers to win both of his matches and advance to the round of 16. The Minneapolis native survived a three-set match to Ryan Heller of Michigan in the opening round, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. In the round of 32, Edlefsen upset 89th-ranked and 10th-seeded Eric Langenkamp of Notre Dame in another three-set contest, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-0.
In other singles action, 20th-seeded Adrien Debreyne downed Ryan Keckley of Notre Dame, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, in the round of 64, only to fall to No. 80 Jeremy Sonkin of Wisconsin, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round. Andres Osorio also won his first round match, defeating Northern Illinois' Mark Tate, 6-1, 6-0, before losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to No. 42 Matko Maravic of Michigan. The lone Golden Gopher to lose his first round match was D.J. Geatz, a 7-6 (4), 7-5 victim to Dennis Mertens of Ohio State.
Edlefsen will take on Ohio State's Scott Green tomorrow in the round of 16.
The 2005 ITA Midwest Regional Championships continues through Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Seventeen ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women are taking place over these last two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country. The 2005 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events -- the Riviera/ITA Women's and Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Championships -- were held earlier this month, and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from these Wilson/ ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College champions, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships and at-large card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 7,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.
2005 ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Oct. 22, 2005
Round of 64 - Adrien Debreyne (20) (MN) def. Ryan Keckley (Notre Dame), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5)
Round of 64 - Andres Osorio (MN) def. Mark Tate (Northern Illinois), 6-1, 6-0
Round of 64 - Monte Tucker (Illinois) def. Raoul Schwark (18) (MN), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Round of 64 - Dennis Mertens (Ohio State) def. D.J. Geatz (22) (MN), 7-6 (4), 7-5
Round of 64 - Nic Edlefsen (MN) def. Ryan Heller (Michigan), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Round of 32 - #80 Jeremy Sonkin (7) (Wisconsin) def. Debreyne (20) (MN), 6-2, 6-3
Round of 32 - #42 Matko Maravic (3) (Michigan) def. Osorio (MN), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Round of 32 - Edlefsen (MN) def. #89 Eric Langenkamp (10) (Notre Dame), 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-0
Round of 16 - Nic Edlefsen (MN) vs. Scott Green (Ohio State)
Round of 32 - Nic Edlefsen/Sion Wilkins (MN) vs. Dmytro Ishtuganov/Neil Kenner (12) (Indiana)
Round of 32 - Adrien Debreyne/Raoul Schwark (MN) vs. #60 Demar Johnson/Slarko Radman (4) (Louisville)