sThe University of Minnesota men's tennis team posted a solid showing in the opening day of competiton today at the 2004 Milwaukee Tennis Classic Collegiate Tournament. The Golden Gophers went 8-3 in singles matches and advanced three players to the round of 16. UM's doubles teams went 3-0 to move on to the round of 16.
In singles action, top-seeded Avery Ticer received a bye in the first round before defeating Brad Rhodes of Ball State, 6-2, 7-5, for his first win of the season. No. 9 seed Nic Edlefsen also moved on to the round of 16 after two straight-set victories on the day. Edlefsen will take on No. 3 seed Jonathan Kinsella of Arizona State tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
Rounding out Minnesota's round of 16 qualifiers was No. 9 seed Adrien Debreyne. The freshman defeated Gabe Inchauste of DePaul, 6-3, 6-2, before outlasting Jan Polhamus of Ball State, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Minnesota's Chi Pham, Mikey Kantar and Sion Wilkins each won their respective first-round singles matches, but lost in the round of 32.
In doubles action, Minnesota defeated three teams from Western Michigan to advance to the round of 16. Ticer and Debreyne, the No. 3 seed, downed R.K. Bacalla and Tommy Dennis, 8-4. Kantar and Wilkins gained an 8-3 win and will face No. 5 Alex Friesen and Willy-Gali Solanas of Northern Illinois in the next round. Edlefsen and Pham also advanced and will take on No. 4 Gerhard Posch and Adrian Szatmary of Nebraska tomorrow afternoon.
Competition at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic Collegiate Tournament continues through Monday, Nov. 8.
Milwaukee Tennis Classic Collegiate Tournament
Nov. 3, 2004
Round of 64 - Avery Ticer (MN) (1) advances with bye
Round of 64 - Nic Edlefsen (MN) (9) def. Jeff French (Louisville), 6-1, 6-3
Round of 64 - Chi Pham (MN) def. Jose Rivera (Nebraska), 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
Round of 64 - Mikey Kantar (MN) def. Justin Hoevler (Northwestern), 7-6, 7 -6
Round of 64 - Adrien Debreyne (MN) (9) def. Gabe Inchauste (DePaul), 6-3, 6 -2
Round of 64 - Sion Wilkins (MN) def. Ricky Servoss (Marquette), 7-6, 6-1
Round of 32 - Ticer (1) def. Brad Rhodes (Ball State), 6-2, 7-5
Round of 32 - Edlefsen (9) def. Greg Sirotek (Marquette), 6-2, 6-0
Round of 32 - Andy Columbo (Arizona State) (5) def. Pham, 6-4, 6-4
Round of 32 - Willy Gali-Solanas (Northern Illinois) (4) def. Kantar, 6-4, 6-3
Round of 32 - Debreyne (9) def. Jan Polhamus (Ball State), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Round of 32 - Alex Birchmeier (Western Michigan) def. Wilkins, 6-2, 6-4
Round of 32 - Mikey Kantar/Sion Wilkins (MN) def. Brady Crosby/Bryan Norville (Western Michigan), 8-3
Round of 32 - Nic Edlefsen/Chi Pham (MN) def. Alex Birchmeier/Dan Hanegby (Western Michigan), default
Round of 32 - Adrien Debreyne/Avery Ticer (MN) (3) def. R.K. Bacalla/Tommy Dennis (Western Michigan), 8-4
Thursday Singles Schedule
Round of 16 - Avery Ticer (MN) (1) vs. Nick Hegarty (Arizona State) 9), 10 a.m.
Round of 16 - Nic Edlefsen (MN) (9) vs. Jonathan Kinsella (Arizona State) (3), 10:30 a.m.
Round of 16 - Adreien Debreyne (MN) (9) vs. Jose Orozco (Western Michigan) (7), 11:30 a.m.
Thursday Doubles Schedule
Round of 16 - Kantar/Wilkins vs. Alex Friesen/Willy Gali-Solanas (Northern Illinois) (5), 2: 30 p.m.
Round of 16 - Edlefsen/Pham vs. Gerhard Posch/Adrian Szatmary (Nebraska) (4), 2:30 p.m.
Round of 16 - Debreyne/Ticer (3) vs. Brett Binkley/Ian Kawas (Marquette), 3 p.m.