Tide Men's Tennis Opens Dual Season with Two Wins


Sunday, January 26, 2003

Stephen Mitchell
Stephen Mitchell

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Alabama (2-0) opened the 2003 dual season with shutout wins over Troy State (0-3) and Southern Miss (0-1) at the Hank Crisp Indoor facility on Sunday.

In the opening match, the Tide won the doubles point despite a loss at No.1 by the 8th-ranked doubles team of Geoff Hiscox and Stephen Mitchell to Troy State's Pablo Martinez and Rolando Vargas.  Alabama swept all six singles matches to secure the 7-0 shutout.  Christian Brodersen clinched the match for Alabama with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Robert van Swelm.  Brodersen scored his 15th and 16th consecutive dual-match victories on Sunday.

The afternoon match saw another shutout with Alabama winning all three doubles and all six singles matches.  Today's victories' were the first in Division I for Crimson Tide head coach Billy Pate.  Michael Ray Pallares clinched the second match with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Marc Lux.

"It was a great start for us.  We competed very well," Pate said.  "We want to certainly use this momentum in the next several weeks.  Everyone is playing with a lot of confidence"

Alabama goes on the road to meet Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. next Saturday, and returns home in two weeks.

Complete Match Results Follow:

Alabama vs. Troy State

1. No. 63 Mitchell (UA) def. No. 87 Martinez (TSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Chris Gostek (UA) def. Daniel Quinceno (TSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Brodersen (UA)* def. Robert van Swelm 6-3, 6-0
4. Hiscox (UA) def. Vargas 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (5)
5. Michael Ray Pallares (UA) def. Emir Basic (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. William Boyles (UA) def. Clayton Langheim (TSU) 6-0, 6-1

1. Martinez/Vargas (TSU) def. No. 8 Hiscox/Mitchell (UA) 8-6
2. Boyles/Gostek (UA) def. Quinceno/ van Swelm (TSU) 8-2
3. Brad Friedman/Brian Isern (UA) def. Basic/Langheim (TSU) 8-3
* Clinched Match

Alabama vs. Southern Miss

1. No. 63 Mitchell (UA) vs. David Canudas (USM) 6-3, 6-3
2. Gostek (UA) def. Uwe Gneiding (USM) 6-0, 6-3
3. Brodersen (UA) vs. Juanjo Martin (USM) 6-1, 6-1
4. Pallares (UA)* vs. Marc Lux (USM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Hiscox (UA) vs. Nicolas Carteret (USM) 6-2, 7-5
6. Boyles (UA) vs. Reid Bourgeois (USM) 6-4, 6-0

1. Hiscox/Mitchell (UA) def. Canudas/Terol (USM) 8-2
2. Boyles/Gostek (UA) def. Lux/Carteret (USM) 8-3
3. Friedman/Isern (UA) def. Martin/Bourgeois (USM) 9-7
* Clinched Match