Reynolds Falls in Finals of Omni Hotels Region III Championship
Junior Now Advances to ITA Championship in Dallas
Ky. - Junior Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.) fell to Kentuckys
Jesse Witten in the finals of the Omni Hotels Region III Championship,
6-2, 6-4, on Monday at the Hillary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
Despite the loss, Reynolds advances with Witten to the Omni
Hotels/ITA Indoor National Championship, November 7-10, in
Bobby had a long match this morning which really took
its toll on him, Vanderbilt head coach Ken Flach said.
He played well, but Jesse played great. Jesse had the
home court, home crowd and was playing with a lot of confidence.
Bobby had a great tournament and held his seed, so he has
nothing to be ashamed about.
Both players advanced to the final by winning three-set
matches earlier Monday. Reynolds, who is 10-4 this Fall, defeated
Tennessees Simon Rea, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2. Witten, the
top seed, also had a tough three-set match, as he defeated
Auburns Rameez Junaid, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Witten and Reynolds entered the tournament as the top two
seeds. Witten began the year ranked No. 1 by the Intercollegiate
Tennis Association, while Reynolds was ranked No. 9. This
was the third career meeting between the two, with Witten
now leading the series, 2-1. Witten defeated Reynolds last
year during the 2002 SEC dual-match season, but lost in the
second round of the NCAA Team Championship.
Reynolds Moves On to Semifinals of Omni Hotels Region
III Championships 10/27/02
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior Bobby Reynolds moved one step closer
to a potential match-up with Kentucky's Jesse Witten, as he
defeated Florida's Janne Holmia in the quarterfinals of the
Omni Hotels Region III Championships Sunday afternoon at the
Hillary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
Reynolds, the second seed in the tournament, defeated Holmia
in three sets, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-2. Reynolds will now take on
Simon Rea of Tennessee on Monday morning. Rea defeated Paul
Ciorasu of Mississippi in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
If Reynolds makes it past Rea, he will have a potential meeting
with Jesse Witten of Kentucky, who advanced in his quarterfinal
match on Sunday. Witten entered the 2002-03 season ranked
No. 1 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
In doubles action, junior Chad Harris and sophomore Matthew
Lockin lost to Bryan Fisher and Jason Hazley of Louisiana
State on Sunday, 8-6.
Reynolds Advances; Harris and Lockin Fall at Region III
Indoor Championships 10/26/02
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior Bobby Reynolds moved on the fourth
round of the Omni Hotels Region III Indoor Championships,
while junior Chad Harris and sophomore Matthew Lockin fell
in their third round matches at the Hillary J. Boone Tennis
Reynolds, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, defeated Louisiana
State's Bryan Fisher in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Reynolds
will now take on Middle Tennessee State's Kirk Jackson, who
defeated Matt Behrmann of Florida in three sets on Saturday.
Harris, who was the No. 8 seed entering the tournament, was
not as lucky. The junior fell to Georiga's Nicolas Boeker
in straight-sets, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Boeker is the brother of last
year's NCAA individual champion, Matias Boeker.
Lockin lost his third round match to the No. 1 seed Jesse
Witten of Kentucky. Wittne defeated the sophomore, 6-4, 6-2.
Harris and Lockin did win there first round doubles match,
as they defeated Andrew Golub and Tim Krebs of Miami, 8-6.
Mens Tennis Advances Three at Omni Hotels Region
III Indoor Championships 10/25/02
LEXINGTON, Ky. Several members of the Vanderbilt mens
tennis team competed on the opening day of the Omni Hotels
Region III Indoor Championships at the Hillary J. Boone Tennis
Junior Bobby Reynolds, who entered the tournament seeded No.
2, had a difficult time with Ben Birkmann of Jacksonville;
however, he was able to squeeze out a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory.
He will now face Bryan Fisher of LSU on Saturday. Fisher,
who is from Nashville, defeated Robert Van Swelm of Troy State
Junior Chad Harris, who entered the tournament the No. 8 seed,
cruised into the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Pfungwa
Mahfu of Florida A&M. He will now take on Nicolas Boeker
of Georgia on Saturday.
Sophomore Matthew Lockin picked up a straight-set victory
over Alabama-Birminghams Ruben Zrihen, 6-3, 6-2. Lockin
will now face a difficult test in Kentuckys Jesse Witten,
who entered the 2002-03 year ranked No. 1 nationally by the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association. As just a freshman, Witten
made it all the way to the finals of the NCAA Individual Championship
before losing to Matias Boeker of Georgia.
Junior Lewie Smith continued his hot play, as he defeated
Alabama-Birminghams Patrick Suhrbier handily, 6-1, 6-4.
Smith then faced No. 11 seed Paco Antelo of South Florida
in his second round match. Smith won the first set 7-5, but
fell 1-6 in the second. The two battled to a third set tiebreaker,
which Smith lost 7-3.
Junior Zach Dailey also had an easy time in his opening round
match, as he defeated Andre Box of SEC rival Auburn, 6-2,
6-1. He then faced the No. 15 seed Catalin Gard of Mississippi
in the second round. Gard had no problems in advancing to
the third round, as he won 6-1, 6-2.
After receiving an opening round bye, sophomore Scott Brown
was defeated by Juan Barragan of South Florida in straight
sets, 6-4, 6-3. After winning two matches in the qualifier,
sophomore Jens Pilgram-Larsen was defeated in his opening
round by Rodrigo Minozzo of Auburn in straight sets, 6-2,
Smith and Pilgram-Larsen Advance to Main Draw of Region
III Indoor Championships 10/24/02
LEXINGTON, Ky. Juniors Lewie Smith and Jens Pilgram-Larsen
advanced to the main draw, while senior Josh Tarkoff, who
was seeded No. 2 in the qualifier, was upset at the Region
III Championships on Thursday afternoon at the Hillary J.
Boone Tennis Complex. The tournament is being held on the
campus of the University of Kentucky.
Main draw action begins at 8 a.m. (EST) Friday morning, while
doubles will kick off later in the afternoon.
Smith and Pilgram-Larsen both won two singles matches on
Friday, while Tarkoff was upset in the second round after
receiving a bye. Smith defeated Knol Nadawu of Florida A&M,
as Nadawu was forced to retire in the second set after being
down 1-6, 2-1. Smith returned in the afternoon session to
defeat Goran Vasiljvic of Tulane in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6
(2). He will now take on Patrick Suhrbiek of Alabama-Birmingham
at 9:30 a.m.
Pilgram-Larsen had a much tougher day, but still was able
to advance after playing two three-set matches. In his opening
round match, he defeated Michael Hailey of Mississippi State,
3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7). The junior then defeated Nicolas Lupica
of Georgia State in three grueling sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2. Pilgram-Larsen
will take on Rodrigo Minozzo of Auburn in the opening round
of the main draw at 8 a.m. Friday.
Tarkoff was not as fortunate as the other two, as he was
upset by Will Chappell of Tennessee Tech in straight sets,
7-6 (5), 6-3.
Juniors Bobby Reynolds and Chad Harris are seeded in the
main draw, and will see there first action on Friday evening.
Reynolds, who is seeded second, will be in action against
the winner of Ben Birkmann (Jacksonville)-David Donaldson
(Mississippi) match. Harris, who is seeded eighth, will take
on the winner of the Hannu Pilroinen (Tulane)-Pfungwa Mahfu
(Florida A&M) match at 3:30 p.m.
Junior Zach Dailey and sophomores Scott Brown and Matthew
Lockin will all play first round matches on Friday. Dailey
takes on Auburns Andre Box, Brown takes on the winner
of the Razvan Ille (Tennessee Tech)-Juan Barragan (South Florida)
match. Lockin takes on either Jorge Llevano (Tulane) or Ruben
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