Tulsa Men's Tennis Team Advances to Second Round of NCAA Tournament
May 13, 2006
Waco, Texas -The University of Tulsa's 34th-ranked men's tennis team captured a 4-2 win over 31st-ranked Middle Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. The Golden Hurricane (18-10) will take on fourth-ranked Baylor (22-6) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in a second-round match up.
Senior Diego Camacho (18-8) clinched yet another match for TU with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over the Blue Raiders' Rishan Kuruppu in the No. 6 slot. Camacho also claimed the winning point for Tulsa in the semifinal and championship match of the Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship.
The Golden Hurricane's seventh-ranked Arnau Brugues tallied a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over MTSU's 48th-ranked Andreas Siljestrom in the No. 1 position. Brugues has posted a 17-1 singles mark this season, including a 9-0 mark against ranked opponents. Sophomore Will Gray and freshman Ross Cunningham each captured singles wins in the No. 4 and No. 5 slots, respectively.
In doubles action, Gray and junior Federico Soriano netted an 8-5 win over Morgan Richard and Greg Pollack in the No. 3 position. Middle Tennessee State's sixth-ranked tandem of Marco Born and Siljestrom registered an 8-6 win over TU's 59th-ranked duo of Brugues and senior Aleksander Charpantidis in the No. 1 slot, as sophomore Andy Connelly and Cunningham dropped an 8-6 decision in the No. 2 position.
"For this group, this is a first-time experience," Head Coach Vince Westbrook said. This is the type of deal we expected, long matches. After this win, now we can go out and just swing. This environment is great; we love these facilities. The courts suit us perfectly so we should be ready to play tomorrow."
#34 Tulsa def. #31 Middle Tennessee State, 4-2 Singles - #7 Arnau Brugues (TU) def. #48 Andreas Siljestrom, 6-1, 7-6 (3) Marco Born (MTSU) def. #62 Federico Soriano, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 #115 Ricardo Soriano (TU) vs. Kai Scheldorn, dnf Will Gray (TU) def. Brandon Allan, 6-2, 6-3 Ross Cunningham (TU) def. Morgan Richard, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Diego Camacho (TU) def. Rishan Kuruppu, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Doubles - #6 Born/Siljestrom (MTSU) def. #59 Brugues/Charpantidis, 8-6 Allan/Scheldorn (MTSU) def. Connelly/Cunningham, 8-6 Gray/F. Soriano (TU) def. Richard/Pollack, 8-5
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