Zguns Doubles Team Advance on Tough Day at ITA Region V Championships

TULSA, Okla. Three Arkansas players won their first-round matches, but only one Razorback and a Hog doubles team advanced Friday at the ITA Region V Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Senior Adrians Zguns won two matches to advance to the round of 16, scheduled for Saturday morning. In doubles, Senior Matt Roberts and freshmanBlake Strode were victorious in their opener, also moving on to Saturday’s action.

Zguns the region’s 4th-seed and the nation’s 58th-ranked player, took his opening-round match against Eduardo Autran of Arkansas-Little Rock, 7-6(2), 6-2. In the round of 32, Zguns defeated Juan Felipe Diaz of Oklahoma State, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. The Liepaja, Latvia native is 6-1 this fall.

In doubles, tandem of Roberts and Strode teamed up for the first time Friday, defeating Saint Louis’ Michael Limoges and Paul Feder, 8-3. Roberts won this event in 2004 when in doubles, teaming with Imraan Ismail.

Senior Rohan Gajjar, the top seed in region V and No. 31 nationally, won his round of 64 match against Wichita State’s Boris Gubic, 6-2, 6-4. He then fell to Diego Camacho of Tulsa in the round of 32, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4. Gajjar is now 2-2 on the year.

Strode opened his tournament with a, 7-5, 6-2, triumph over Edson Abrao of Arkansas-Little Rock. Strode, seeded 14th, was knocked off by Nebraska’s James Clow, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, in the round of 32. The St. Louis, Mo. product, playing in only his third collegiate tournament, is 8-2.

Roberts, the tournament’s 6th-seed and nation’s 73rd-ranked player, was upset in the round of 64 by Maor Zirkin of Drake, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2. In the backdraw, Roberts beat Jason Wright of Oklahoma State, 6-2, 6-2.

Freshman Austin King fell in his first-round match to the tournament’s 12th-seed, Federico Soriano of Tulsa, 6-1, 7-6(7). Sophomore Michael Jung was defeated in his first-round match, 6-3, 6-4, by the region’s 5th-seed and nation’s 73rd-ranked player Alexei Ivanov of Oklahoma. King is 6-2 this fall, while Jung dropped his first match in his last nine, and is 9-2.

King and Jung each won their matches in the first round of the backdraw. King defeated Marcos Quieroz of Missouri State, 6-2, 6-2, and Jung knocked off Cuan Farquharson from Oral Roberts, 6-3, 6-1.

In other doubles action, Zguns and Gajjar, the nation’s sixth-ranked doubles duo and the event’s top-seed, were upset in their opening-round contest by Southern Illinois’ Sergio Sanchez and Felipe Villasenor, 8-5. Also, sophomore Jimmy Khougassian and junior Andrei Nicoara were defeated by Oklahoma’s team of Ivanov and Marek Velicka, 8-3.

Zguns takes on Goran Vujaklija of Wichita State Saturday in the round of 16, while Roberts and Strode battle Thiago Dos Santos and Tiago Esperito Santo of Wichita State. In the backdraw, Roberts will face Tulsa’s Andy Connelly, King will take on Dos Santos and Jung will play Abrao.

Saturday’s action will run all day at the Case Tennis Center and admission is free. Please check www.hogwired.com for results.

Wilson/ITA Men’s Tennis Central Region Championships
October 21, 2005 – Day 2 Agate

Main Draw Singles Round of 64 ­
#35 Marek Velicka (Oklahoma) def. Andrey Bubnov (Southern Illinois), 6-1, 6-2
Yohann Nograbat (Illinois State) def. Lucques Maasdorp (Tulsa), 7-6 (8), 6-0
Cale Planck (Oklahoma) def. Jerry Posch (Nebraska), 6-4, 6-4
Ivan Mendoza (Drake) def. Rodrigo Borges (Missouri State), 6-2, 6-3
Maor Zirkin (Drake) def. #73 Matt Roberts (Arkansas), 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2
Vincent Pietro (Nebraska) def. Jason Wright (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 7-5
Artsem Burmistrau (Oklahoma State) def. Karl Jones (Nebraska), 6-1, 6-3
Dalibor Pavic (Drake) def. Andy Connelly (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-3
#58 Adrians Zguns (Arkansas) def. Eduardo Autran (Arkansas-LR), 7-6 (2), 6-2
Juan Felipe Diaz (Oklahoma State) def. Rodrigo Lama (Southern Illinois), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
Will Gray (Tulsa) def. Chris Welnetz (Saint Louis), 6-2, 6-3
Goran Vujaklija (Wichita State) def. Ayhan Oray (Nebraska), 6-2, 6-3
#111 Ricardo Soriano (Tulsa) def. Jose Guerra (Creighton), 6-0, 6-2
Djordje Uskokovic (Illinois State) def. Francisco Gil Branco (Wichita State), 7-6 (3), 6-3
Daniel Byrnes (Oklahoma State) def. Jiri Spousta (Missouri State), 6-0, 6-4
Dinko Halachev (Arkansas-LR) def. Tyrone Hill (Oral Roberts), 6-0, 6-3
Ryan Thomas (Oklahoma) def. Nikita Dudar (Creighton), 6-0, 6-3
Adrian Szatmary (Nebraska) def. Tiago Espirito Santo (Wichita State), 7-6 (7), 6-4
Ross Cunningham (Tulsa) def. Nenad Curcic (Missouri State), 6-3, 6-2
Alban Renard (Illinois State) def. #125 Tommy Garrison (Oklahoma), 6-4, 6-3
Felipe Acosta (Saint Louis) def. Marcos Queiroz (Missouri State), 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-5
Federico Soriano (Tulsa) def. Austin King (Arkansas), 6-1, 7-6 (7)
Lee Gregg (Oklahoma) def. Thiago Dos Santos (Wichita State), 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
#49 Tomas Bohunicky (Oklahoma State) def. Jeff Stone (Missouri State), 7-5, 6-0
James Clow (Nebraska) def. Moti Eisikovits (Wichita State), 6-0, 6-4
Blake Strode (Arkansas) def. Edson Abrao (Arkansas-LR), 7-5, 6-2
Aleksander Charpantidis (Tulsa) def. Cuan Farquharson (Oral Roberts), 6-2, 6-1
#71 Alexei Ivanov (Oklahoma) def. Michael Jung (Arkansas), 6-3, 6-4
Felipe Villasenor (Southern Illinois) def. John Kellert (Missouri State), 7-6 (3), 7-5
Sergi Vila (Drake) def. Juan Carlos Nunez (Arkansas-LR), 6-2, 6-2
Diego Camacho (Tulsa) def. Jonathan Tishler (Drake), 6-3, 6-3
#31 Rohan Gajjar (Arkansas) def. Boris Gubic (Wichita State), 6-2, 6-4

Main Draw Singles Round of 32 ­
#35 Marek Velicka (Oklahoma) def. Yohann Nograbat (Illinois State), 7-6 (5), 6-1
Cale Planck (Oklahoma) def. Ivan Mendoza (Drake), 6-2, 6-2
Maor Zirkin (Drake) def. Vincent Pietro (Nebraska), 6-1, 6-0
Dalibor Pavic (Drake) def. Artsem Burmistrau (Oklahoma State), 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5)
#58 Adrians Zguns (Arkansas) def. Juan Felipe Diaz (Oklahoma State), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Goran Vujaklija (Wichita State) def. Will Gray (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-1
#111 Ricardo Soriano (Tulsa) def. Djordje Uskokovic (Illinois State), 6-4, 6-3
Daniel Byrnes (Oklahoma State) def. Dinko Halachev (Arkansas-LR), 6-3, 6-2
Adrian Szatmary (Nebraska) def. Ryan Thomas (Oklahoma), 6-0, 6-1
Ross Cunningham (Tulsa) def. Alban Renard (Illinois State), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3
Federico Soriano (Tulsa) def. Felipe Acosta (Saint Louis), injury retire
#49 Tomas Bohunicky (Oklahoma State) def. Lee Gregg (Oklahoma), 6-3, 6-1
James Clow (Nebraska) def. Blake Strode (Arkansas), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4
Aleksander Charpantidis (Tulsa) def. #71 Alexei Ivanov (Oklahoma), 6-4, 6-4
Sergi Vila (Drake) def. Felipe Villasenor (Southern Illinois), 6-3, 6-2
Diego Camacho (Tulsa) def. #31 Rohan Gajjar (Arkansas), 7-6, 1-6, 6-4

Singles Backdraw Round of 32 ­
Lucques Maasdorp (Tulsa) def. Andrey Bubnov (Southern Illinois), 6-4, 6-3
Jerry Posch (Nebraska) def. Rodrigo Borges (Missouri State), 6-2, 6-4
#73 Matt Roberts (Arkansas) def. Jason Wright (Oklahoma State), 6-2, 6-2
Andy Connelly (Tulsa) def. Karl Jones (Nebraska), 6-1, 6-2
Eduardo Autran (Arkansas-LR) def. Rodrigo Lama (Southern Illinois), 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2
Ayhan Oray (Nebraska) def. Chris Welnetz (Saint Louis), 7-6 (2), 6-4
Francisco Gil Branco (Wichita State) def. Jose Guerra (Creighton), 6-4, 6-0
Tyrone Hill (Oral Roberts) def. Jiri Spousta (Missouri State), 6-2, 6-2
Tiago Espirito Santo (Wichita State) def. Nikita Dudar (Creighton), 6-1, 6-2
#125 Tommy Garrison (Oklahoma) def. Nenad Curcic (Missouri State), 6-4, 6-4
Austin King (Arkansas) def. Marcos Queiroz (Missouri State), 6-2, 6-2
Thiago Dos Santos (Wichita State) def. Jeff Stone (Missouri State), retired
Edson Abrao (Arkansas-LR) def. Moti Eisikovits (Wichita State), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Michael Jung (Arkansas) def. Cuan Farquharson (Oral Roberts), 6-3, 6-1
John Kellert (Missouri State) def. Juan Carlos Nunez (Arkansas-LR), 6-2, 6-4
Jonathan Tishler (Drake) def. Boris Gubic (Wichita State), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Main Draw Doubles Round of 32 ­
Sergio Sanchez/Felipe Villasenor (Southern Illinois) def. #6 Rohan Gajjar/Adrians Zguns (Arkansas), 8-5
Nenad Curcic/Jeff Stone (Missouri State) def. Federico Chavarria/Ryan Thomas (Oklahoma), 8-4
Boris Gubic/Goran Bujaklija (Wichita State) def. Chris Lueth/Ivan Mendoza (Drake), 8-6
Aleksander Charpantidis/Ross Cunningham (Tulsa) def. Eduardo Autran/Dinko Halachev (Arkansas-LR), 8-5
Tommy Garrison/Matt Long (Oklahoma) def. Karl Jones/Jerry Posch (Nebraska), 8-1
Jonathan Tishler/Maor Zirkin (Drake) def. Francisco Gil Branco/Moti Eisikovits (Wichita State), 8-5
Cuan Farquharson/Tyrone Hill (Oral Roberts) def. Tomas Bohunicky/Artsem Burmistrau (Oklahoma State), 8-6
Ricardo Soriano/Lucques Maasdorp (Tulsa) def. Ayhan Oray/Vincent Pietro (Nebraska), 8-3
Dalibor Pavic/Sergi Vila (Drake) def. Tomas Gonzales/Rodrigo Lama (Southern Illinois), 8-2
Will Gray/Federico Soriano (Tulsa) def. James Clow/Adrian Szatmary (Nebraska), 8-5
Alexei Ivanov/Marek Velicka (Oklahoma) def. Jimmy Khougassian/Andrei Nicoara (Arkansas), 8-3
Diego Camacho/Andy Connelly (Tulsa) def. Rodrigo Borges/Marcos Queiroz (Missouri State), 8-4
Thiago Dos Santos/Tiago Espirito Santo (Wichita State) def. Luka Marinkovic/Alban Renard (Illinois State), 8-6
Matt Roberts/Blake Strode (Arkansas) def. Felipe Acosta/Chris Welnetz (Saint Louis), 8-3
Joe Eckert/Vinny Meens (Creighton) def. Edson Abrao/Juan Carlos Nunez (Arkansas-LR), 8-5
John Kellert/Jiri Spousta (Missouri State) def. #35 Daniel Byrnes/Juan Felipe Diaz (Oklahoma State), 9-8 (7)

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