Oct. 23, 2009
NEW ORLEANS -
The men's tennis team continued its solid play at the 2009 Wilson/ITA Southern Regional Championships, notching a total of nine more match wins on Friday. The Crimson Tide won four singles matches and five doubles matches on the second day of the tournament.
"I've been pleased with our doubles results this fall and this tournament," said head coach Billy Pate. "They've been able to carry the torch as we've had a few disappointing singles results."
Alabama had tremendous success in the consolation draw of the singles bracket, winning three out of four matches. Junior Trey Walston knocked off Tulane freshman Rodrigo Rappaccioli in two tight sets 6-4, 7-5. Sophomore Creighton Blanchard had a much easier time defeating sophomore Evan Magill of Centenary, claiming a 6-2, 6-2 win. Sophomore Michael Thompson overcame Samford sophomore Carson Kadi after dropping the opening set. Thompson battled to win the second set 7-5, then took the third in a super tiebreak 10 points to seven. Redshirt freshman Michael Davis also lost the opening set and fought back to force a third, but fell 10 points to six in the super tiebreak against freshman Coby Kramer-Golinkoff of Tulane. The consolation draw was shortened to one match per player due to the amount of rain in New Orleans throughout the day.
In the main draw, sophomore Ricky Doverspike was able to pick up his third singles victory of the tournament by defeating Mississippi State sophomore Max Gregor-Smith 6-4, 6-3 in the Round of 32, but his run came to an end at the hands of junior Tim Puetz of Auburn 6-0, 6-1 in the Round of 16. Senior Saketh Myneni was battling junior Sebastian Carlsson of LSU in the Round of 16, but was forced to retire during the match due to an injury.
The Tide went a perfect 5-0 in doubles, advancing two teams to the quarterfinals. The team of Walston and senior Houssam Yassine was a lethal one, as they picked up three wins on the day. They started off by defeating junior Alex Jorne and freshman Davis Taylor of Auburn 8-4 in the Round of 64. The Alabama duo took down Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore duo Tomasz Krzyszkowski and Javier Pulgar in the Round of 32, and followed that up with an easy win over juniors Oliver Reynolds and Carl Abalos of Samford 8-3. Doverspike and Thompson's road to the quarters included an 8-3 victory over Tulane's Kramer-Golinkoff and sophomore Shaye Wali in the Round of 32. The Tide sophomores also won over Silva and senior Guilherme Sahadi of Troy.
"Saketh (Myneni) had a good chance to win this tournament, but unfortunately he sustained an injury against and needed to stop. We saw some success in singles and just need to get a couple of the guys going, which I think we will during our home tournament next weekend."
Play continues Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (CST). Alabama's doubles teams are both scheduled to take the court at Noon (CST) for their quarterfinal matches.
Round of 64
Waltson/Yassine (UA) def. Jorne/Taylor (AU) 8-4
Round of 32
Doverspike/Thompson (UA) def. Kramer-Golinkoff/Wali (TUL) 8-3
Walston/Yassine (UA) def. Krzyszkowski/Pulgar (ULL) 8-6
Round of 16
Waltson/Yassine (UA) def. Reynolds/Abalos (SAM) 8-3
Doverspike/Thompson (UA) def. Silva/Sahadi (TROY) WO
Trey Walston (UA) def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TUL) 6-4, 7-5
Coby Kramer-Golinkoff (TUL) def. Michael Davis (UA) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6)
Creighton Blanchard (UA) def. Evan Magill (CENT) 6-2, 6-2
Michael Thompson (UA) def. Carson Kadi (SAM) 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7)
Round of 32
Ricky Doverspike (UA) def. Max Gregor-Smith (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
Round of 16
Sebastian Carlsson (LSU) def. Saketh Myneni (UA) 6-7 (6), 2-0 ret.
Tim Puetz (AU) def. Ricky Doverspike (UA) 6-0, 6-1