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Oct. 12, 1997

Texas Tech Men's Tennis players compete at ITA All-American

Texas Tech men's tennis players compete at ITA All-American Red Raiders battle rain all weekend to complete first round of pre-qualifying singles matches

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Tech men's tennis team competed this weekend at the ITA All-American Tennis Tournament at the University of Texas' Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The ITA All-American Classic runs from October 11 to October 19. Two-hundred-fifty-six players are competing in this year's collegiate event from all across the United States including several of Texas Tech coach Tim Siegel's men's tennis players.

Rain delayed the first two days of competition but Texas Tech was able to get some singles competition in the Pre-Qualifying round. Sophomore Ryan Shupe's was the only Red Raider to win his first singles match. Shupe defeated Tennessee Tech's David Dewandaka 8-2 in first round action but lost in the second round to Brady Blain 9-8. Texas Tech junior Petar Danolic was defeated by Northwestern's Ryal Tarpley 8-4, Wake Forest's Myles Clouston defeated Tech's Tylir Jimenez 8-3, New Mexico State's Adrian Contreras defeated Tech's Carey Biorkman 8-4 and Alabama's Weylu Chang defeated Tech sophomore Adam Baranowski, 8-4. The scoring was done in pro-set format instead of the usual three-set format in order to save time.

Doubles competition began on Sunday but no matches were completed due to rain.

Pre-Qualifying Round- Men's Singles
Ryal Tarpley, Northwestern def. Petar Danolic, Texas Tech 8-4;
Myles Clouston, Wake Forest def. Tylir Jimenez, Texas Tech 8-3; 
Adrian Contretras, New Mexico State def. Carey Biorkman, Texas Tech 8-3; 
Weylu Chang, Alabama def. Adam Baranowski, Texas Tech 8-4; 
Ryan Shupe, Texas Tech def. David Dewandaka, Tennessee Tech 8-2; 
Brady Blain, Illinois def. Ryan Shupe, Texas Tech 9-8.

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