Escobar Wins Opening Match in New York|
Nov. 4, 2010
LUBBOCK, TX - Gonzalo Escobar was two short games away from elimination at the USTA/ITA Indoor Championships in Flushing, New York, before he mounted a comeback to claim the match victory.
Gonzalo lost the first set, 2-6, and was down, 1-4, in the second set to UNC's Jose Hernandez when he turned the match in his favor. Escobar fought to win the second set, 7-6, and then rolled to a 6-1 win in the third set to advance to the Round of 16 on Friday morning.
Coach Tim Siegel smiled, "Gonzalo played a complete match today! He was able to comeback against a very good opponent by playing defensive tennis when necessary and he attacked at the right time. It was a terrific win for him."
On Friday, Escobar takes on Ohio State's No. 8 seed Chase Buchanan in the Round of 16. Their match time has not yet been established but will begin at 10:30 a.m. (CT) or later.
The 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships feature the nation's top men's and women's collegiate tennis players competing at the new indoor facilities at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing, New York. Columbia University is serving as the tournament host.
These championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: champions from USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the USTA/ITA National Small College "Super Bowl" champions, the doubles champions and singles quarterfinalists from the D'Novo/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, as well as at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee.
Complete coverage of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships can be located at www.itatennis.com.