Escobar Advances to Round of 16 at Baylor Intercollegiate
Sept. 25, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech men's tennis team concluded day one of the Baylor Intercollegiate today in Waco, Texas. Sophomore Gonzalo Escobar advanced to the round of 16 in the A singles draw and to the quarterfinals of the A doubles draw with teammate freshman Andre Stabile.
Starting off the day was the A doubles draw where Escobar and Stabile defeated Julian Bley and Attila Bucko (Baylor), 8-5, in the round of 32. The duo then finished the day by beating Michael Nusslein and Christian Saravia (Rice), 9-8 (3). Losing their first-round doubles match was sophomore Rafael Garcia and freshman Raphael Pfister to Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead (Texas), 8-4.
All four Tech players played in the A singles draw with Escobar as the lone Red Raider advancing on in the main draw. Escobar beat Jens Vorkefeld (Denver) 6-2, 6-3, in his first match and then defeated Tyler Brown (UTSA), 6-1, 6-4, in the round of 32. He will face the 34th-ranked player in the country, Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin), in the round of 16 on Saturday.
In other first-round singles action, Pfister lost his first singles match to No. 65 Phillip Stevens (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-4, while Garcia dropped his opening match to No. 94 Chris Nott (Arkansas), 6-3, 6-1, and Stabile fell to No. 19 Moritz Bauman (Wisconsin), 6-3, 6-4.
Dropping to the consolation draw, Pfister won over Chris Camilone (Texas), 6-3, 6-1, in the first round and Stabile was also victorious, 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (8) against Alex Hilliard (Texas). Garcia lost his consolation match to Ionut Beleleu (Oklahoma), 6-2, 7-5.
Day two of the tournament resumes on Saturday with doubles action starting at 9:30 a.m., and singles play beginning at 10:30 a.m.
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