Oct. 2, 2011
The men's tennis team had a solid day two at the Georgia Tech Invitational where the Crimson Tide picked up seven wins, with four coming in doubles and three in singles. With the seven victories, Alabama's two-day win total moves to 12.
"I was pleased with today's play, though I felt like we let two singles matches slip away," said Alabama head coach Billy Pate. "We just need to do a better job of capitalizing on momentum when we get leads. Our doubles is improving, and we had some good efforts all around."
The Tide came up big in doubles collecting four wins, including a pair of wins in the main draw for sophomores Daniil Proskura and Carlos Taborga to advance them to the finals. In their quarterfinal match, the Alabama duo took down UNC-Wilmington freshmen Michael Reilly and Sam Williams 8-4 before posting the same score in the semifinals against Louisville senior Adam Donaldson and freshman Chris Simich. In the consolation draw, senior Vikram Reddy and freshman Stuart Kenyon picked up an 8-6 victory against the Tennessee team of senior Bryan Swartz and sophomore Taylor Patrick. The Tide pair then won their next match by virtue of a walkover to move on to the semifinals.
In singles, Reddy won both his matches to advance to the consolation semifinals on Monday. In his first contest of the day, Reddy led Lipscomb freshman Daniel Hernandez 4-0 before Hernandez retired due to injury. Reddy then topped UNC-Wilmington junior Chris Cooprider 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 in his quarterfinal match. Kenyon was responsible for the third Alabama singles victory on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Georgia State freshman Ismael Lahlou. Kenyon was then tripped up in his second match by Lipscomb sophomore David Salazar 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Proskura also represented the Tide in singles in the main draw but was edged out by Georgia sophomore Campbell Johnson, 7-5, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.
Matches will resume on Monday at 7:30 a.m. CT beginning with doubles.
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Proskura/Taborga (UA) def. Reilly/Williams (UNCW) 8-4
Proskura/Taborga (UA) def. Donaldson/Simich (UL) 8-4
Kenyon/Reddy (UA) def. Patrick/Swartz (UT) 8-6
Kenyon/Reddy (UA) def. Cook/Valente (GSU) Walkover
Campbell Johnson (UGA) def. Daniil Proskura (UA) 7-5, 7-5
Vikram Reddy (UA) def. Daniel Hernandez (LU) 4-0, ret.
Vikram Reddy (UA) def. Chris Cooprider (UNCW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Stuart Kenyon (UA) def. Ismael Lahlou (GSU) 6-4, 6-4
David Salazar (LU) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4