Sunday, October 10, 2010

Buckeyes Make Finals, Wolverine Semi at ITA All Americans

After the majority of Big Ten players in the Pre-Qualifying and Qualifying of the ITA All American Championships failed to move on, a select few finished the tournament with good showings.

Buckeye Chase Buchanan, the fifth-seed at the D’Novo/ITA Men’s All American Championships at the University of Tulsa, was upset in the second round of singles by Tennessee’s Rhyne Williams (6-4,7-6), but he made up for it in the doubles.  Buchanan and teammate Blaz Rola took it all the way to the finals, taking out seventh-seeded Brad Cox and Eric Quigley of Kentucky in the process.   In the trophy match they dropped a tough 6-4,6-7,6-3 to Virginia’s Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz, the reigning NCAA champions.
At the Riviera/ITA Women’s All American Championships in California, Michigan’s Denise Muresan made her way to the semifinals. The unseeded Muresan fell 6-1,6-3 to eventual champion Hilary Barte of Stanford in that match.
Full results for both the men’s and women’s events are available on the ITA Tennis website. Daily stories on the men’s event are at Zoo Tennis. Next up for Big Ten tennis will be the USTA/ITA Regional Championships, where individuals will compete for a spot in the November ITA Indoor Championships.  Most of the Big Ten men’s players will be competing at Notre Dame, while the women will be hosted by the University of Michigan.
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