COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M men’s tennis team begins singles and doubles action at the home-hosted 2008 Wilson/ITA South Central Region Championships on Saturday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The four-day tournament will run from Oct. 25-38 on the Texas A&M campus. Freshman Colin Hoover (Victoria, Texas), sophomore Kayvon Karimi (Dallas, Texas) and Austin Klores (Franklin, Texas) will compete in the opening round of singles tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., while junior Marcus Lunt (San Antonio, Texas) takes on Sam Garfoth-Bles of Rice at 10 a.m.
No. 17-ranked senior All-American Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) earned a first-round bye as the No. 3 seed and will face either Jack Seider of TCU or Rodrigo Margado of UTSA in the round of 64 at noon, while ninth-seeded sophomore Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) will meet either Javier Pulgar Garcia of Louisiana-Lafayette or Diego Snyder of Lamar at noon.
Sophomore All-American Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) enters the tournament as a No. 9 seed after a tremendous week in the singles main draw of the USTA Futures Pro Circuit tournament in Mansfield, Texas. Krajicek fell in the Mansfield Futures quarterfinals to world No. 837-ranked Philip Bester of Canada, 6-3, 6-4, on Friday afternoon. He will face either David Subirats of UT Arlington or Adham El-Effendi of SMU in the round of 64 at 2 p.m. Pollock, Spencer and Krajicek make up one of the top 1, 2, 3 singles lineup in all of college tennis this season.
Junior Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.) will compete in the round of 64 of singles at 1:30 p.m., followed by sophomore Patrick Dean (Dallas, Texas) at 2 p.m.
In doubles competition, the top-seeded and fourth-ranked combination of Pollock and Krajicek will square off against Jose Garcia and Kudakwashe Nyatoti of Prairie View A&M in the round of 32 at 6 p.m. Also competing in the doubles’ nightcap is the third-seeded Aggie duo of Chirico and Spencer versus Cameron Nash and Jack Seider of TCU at 7 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public. The top two finalists in singles and the winner of doubles will move on to the prestigious ITA National Indoors on Nov. 6-9 on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
WILSON/ITA SOUTH CENTRAL REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oct. 25-28, 2008
at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, Oct. 25
Singles (Round of 128, Round of 64)
Doubles (Round of 64, Round of 32)
Sunday, Oct. 26
Singles (Round of 32, Round of 16), Doubles (Round of 16, Quarterfinals)
Singles Consolation (Round of 32, Round of 16)
Monday, Oct. 27
Singles (Quarterfinals, Semifinals), Doubles (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals)
Singles Consolation (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals)
Tuesday, Oct. 28
TEXAS A&M SINGLES SCHEDULE (Saturday, Oct. 25)
Round of 128
Colin Hoover (Texas A&M) vs. Alex Panayides (TCU) at 9:30 a.m.
Kayvon Karimi (Texas A&M) vs. Kudakwashe Nyatoti (Prairie View A&M) at 9:30 a.m.
Austin Klores (Texas A&M) vs. Tobias Flood (SMU) at 9:30 a.m.
Marcus Lunt (Texas A&M) vs. Sam Garfoth-Bles (Rice) at 10:00 a.m.
Round of 64
(3) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) vs. Jack Seider (TCU) or Rodrigo Morgado (UTSA) at Noon
(9) Wil Spencer (Texas A&M) vs. Javier Pulgar Garcia (Louisiana-Lafayette) or Diego Snyder (Lamar) at Noon
Chris Chirico (Texas A&M) vs. Kelubia Mabatah (TCU) or Neil Schneider (Louisiana-Lafayette) at 1:30 p.m.
(9) Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) vs. David Subirats (UT Arlington) or Adham El-Effendi (SMU) at 2:00 p.m.
Patrick Dean (Texas A&M) vs. Jason Lateko (UT Arlington) or Mario Janjic (Lamar) at 2:00 p.m.
TEXAS A&M DOUBLES SCHEDULE (Saturday, Oct. 25)
Round of 64
Hoover-Karimi (Texas A&M) vs. Bienzobas-Subirats (UT Arlington) at 4:30 p.m.
Round of 32
(1) Krajicek-Pollock (Texas A&M) vs. Garcia-Nyatoti (Prairie View A&M) at 6:00 p.m.
Klores-Lunt (Texas A&M) vs. Stratmann-Morgado (UTSA) at 6:00 p.m.
(3) Chirico-Spencer (Texas A&M) vs. Nash-Seider (TCU) at 7:00 p.m.