2008 NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Michael D. Case Tennis Center - University of Tulsa
May 15-26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008-Day Seven
There were no easy matches in the men's second round as half the matches were three-setters and the rest ran very close. Top-seeded Somdev Devvarman even struggled a bit with Clancy Shields of Boise State before he claimed the new NCAA Championships singles record of 14 wins (Matias Boeker, singles champion in 2000 & '01 was the previous record holder). Somdev's next matchup will be against Erling Tveit, the Ole Miss player who upset Rice's Bruno Rosa, 6-4,4-6,7-5.
Alpha-seeded Denes Lukas made it past Albert Larregola in a third-set tiebreaker, as was the case with Robert Farah. I saw most of the match with Robert and Illinois' Ryan Rowe and it was quite a thriller, ending with a 7-5 breaker for the Southern Californian. Ryan's teammate, Ruben Gonzales, also lost a difficult one that went the distance, to Enrique Olivares. Another spectacular match was Ohio State's Justin Kronauge and Jack Baker of South Alabama, which went to Justin after two tiebreakers and a 6-4 set. Meanwhile, his teammate Steven Moneke, pulled an upset over Ivan Bjelica (9-16) of Mississippi State, 6-4,6-3.
There was another milestone reached today. Even though there was nothing spectacular in the play of Amanda Fink's 6-1,6-0 win over Lauren Lui of Northwestern, it gave the Southern Cal senior her 100th singles win.
Ohio State not only has quite a presence left in singles, but they advanced two doubles teams today as Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke and Drew Eberly/Justin Kronauge were winners. The latter match went to 1-6,7-6(6),7-6(5) as they eliminated Kaden Hensel/J.P. Smith of Tennessee (5-8). Also falling were Nate Schnugg & Jamie Hunt, who played quite a lot of tennis at the beginning of these championships and look like they may be a bit worn out when facing the Shields brothers. I saw a great matchup between Billy Heiser/Ryan Rowe of Illinois and James Cluskey/Michael Venus of LSU. It ended in the favor of the Illini duo, 2-6,6-3,6-4. Ryan has already been a two-time NCAA doubles finalist (with Kevin Anderson), winning in 2006.
The women's doubles was no less exciting than the men. In fact it was a women's match that drew one of the biggest crowds since the individuals began. Those fans were all watching and cheering on Brook Buck/Kelcy Tefft of Notre Dame and Bianca Dulgheru/Sylvia Kosakowski of Pepperdine. The third-seeded Fighting Irish team squeaked by, 4-6,6-3,6-4. Also taking a great doubles match was second-seeded Melanie Gloria/Tinesta Rowe of Fresno State over Sophie Grabinski/Sanaz Marand of North Carolina, 6-3,5-7,6-4. The only seeded women's doubles team that didn't survive was Lenka Broosova/Zuzana Zemenova.
There will be lots more matches at the 2008 NCAA Championships Friday as those with newly earned All American status will be on the court.Until tomorrow,
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