Men's Tennis Secures 15 Wins at Crimson Tide Fall Championships on Friday
Nov. 2, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The men's tennis team picked up 15 victories on Friday on the first day of play at the Crimson Tide Fall Championships. The Tide got eight of its wins in doubles while the remaining seven came in singles.
Three of Alabama's doubles teams won both of their matches on Friday to advance to the finals of their respective draws on Saturday. David Vieyra and Daniil Proskura topped Alex Van Cott and Rodrigo Rappacioli of Tulane, 8-5, in their first match before beating UAB's Rafael Rondino and Korhan Ates in the second match, 8-3. Carlos Taborga and Rens van der Vis also won a pair, beating out Southern Miss' Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar, 9-8(4), and Furman's Luke Synn and Ben Horst, 8-4, while Stuart Kenyon and Brian Conlon posted wins over Simon Bardell and Nestor Vargas of West Alabama, 8-3, and Ezequiel Gils and Alejandro Augusto of Tennessee Tech, 8-4. The Tide's two other doubles teams split matches on Saturday as Jarryd Botha and Becker O'Shaughnessey posted an 8-3 win against Middle Tennessee's Yannick Born and Marlon Brand before falling in their second match, while Philippe Tsangarides and Harris Barnard lost their first match but beat Furman's Sven Ivankovic and Robbie Aru, 8-1, in the second match.
In singles, Alabama came out on top in seven of the eight matches it had players in. No. 59 Proskura tallied a 6-4, 6-2 win over UAB's David Zimmerman, and on the opposite side of the draw, O'Shaughnessey topped Adam Drysdale of West Alabama, 6-0, 6-2. Botha cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory in his match against Jackson State's Carlos Martinez, while Taborga advanced in his main draw with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Alvarado from Southern Miss. Kenyon took on Middle Tennessee's Brand, coming out on top 6-2, 6-2, while Barnard shutout Jackson State's Phillip Barnes, 6-0, 6-0. Rounding out the day for the Tide was van der Vis, who outlasted Tennessee Tech's Gils, 7-5, 6-4.
Matches will resume on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT with the final round of doubles. Two round of singles are scheduled to follow.
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