Oct. 30, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men’s tennis team picked up four wins on the final day of play at the 2011 Crimson Tide Fall Championships, bringing its three-day total to 31 victories.
“We had a great weekend,” said Alabama head coach Billy Pate. “We got off to a good start on Friday and had a lot of success on Saturday. There was some great competition here, and we had a chance to play against a lot of teams that we normally do not see during the season. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to today and let a few matches slip away. We need to get better mentally, but I feel like we have the potential to be a really deep team this year.”
In doubles, three of the Tide’s four teams competing in semifinals advanced on. Sophomores Daniil Proskura and Carlos Taborga had the most dominating victory, posting an 8-3 decision over South Alabama’s Alex Bernard and Romain Boccaert. Alabama’s other two victories came by way of the tiebreaker as junior Jarryd Botha and freshman Rens van der Vis took down Tulane’s Idan Mark and Joe Young 9-8(2), while junior Harris Barnard and freshman Stuart Kenyon posted a 9-8(3) win against Middle Tennessee’s Matt Langley and Ettore Zito.
Seniors Michael Thompson and Vikram Reddy also competed in the doubles semifinals, falling to the Wake Forest duo of David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar, 8-5, in the White draw. Hopkins and Prabhakar would go on to beat Barnard and Kenyon in the finals by a score of 8-3. Because the Crimson draw featured a pair of Alabama teams in the finals, the Tide elected not to play the match.
In singles, Reddy tallied the lone win of the day for Alabama, topping Samford’s Carson Kadi, 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6 in his consolation finals. Proskura took on UAB’s David Zimmerman in his main draw finals, falling to the Blazer netter 6-1, 6-4. Taborga faced Zito, where Zito came out on top 7-5, 6-1. North Carolina State’s Rafael Paez won his match against Thompson by way of retirement, 6-1, 1-0, while van der Vis was edged in a third-set tiebreaker to Virginia Tech’s Zach Pine, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Alabama will close out the fall portion of its schedule in two weeks when it heads to Sarasota, Fla., for the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic, November 11-13.
For more information on Alabama men’s tennis, like us on facebook at Alabama-Mens-Tennis and follow us on twitter @AlabamaMTN.
Proskura/Taborga (UA) def. Bernard/Boccaert (USA) 8-3
Botha/van der Vis (UA) def. Mark/Young (TUL) 9-8(2)
Barnard/Kenyon (UA) def. Langley/Zito (MTSU) 9-8(3)
Hopkins/Prabhakar (WF) def. Thompson/Reddy (UA) 8-5
Hopkins/Prabhakar (WF) def. Barnard/Kenyon (UA) 8-3
David Zimmerman (UAB) def. Daniil Proskura (UA) 6-1, 6-4
Ettore Zito (MTSU) def. Carlos Taborga (UA) 7-5, 6-1
Rafael Paez (NCSU) def. Michael Thompson (UA) 6-1, 1-0, ret.
Vikram Reddy (UA) def. Carson Kadi (SAM) 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6
Zach Pine (VT) def. Rens van der Vis (UA) 4-6, 6-3, 11-9