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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM David Robinson teamed with Paul Rose for a first-round doubles win at the ITA All-American Championships.
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David Robinson teamed with Paul Rose for a first-round doubles win at the ITA All-American Championships.
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Oct. 4, 2004

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior Paul Rose won his first-round qualifying singles match and teamed with senior David Robinson for a doubles qualifying win at the 2004 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Monday.

Rose, the 56th-ranked singles player in the nation and the third-seeded player in the qualifying draw, beat Nic Beuque of San Diego 7-5, 7-6 (2) in the first round. He will meet 105th-ranked Oscar Posada of East Tennessee State on Tuesday.

Rose and Robinson beat Phil Sheng and James Wan 9-7in the first round. The Boilermaker pair will play ninth-seeded and 51st-ranked Manuel Kost and Markus Schiller of Oregon on Tuesday.

The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championship is the largest single tournament in collegiate tennis, with over 350 competitors. The 25-year-old tournament, being played at the Champions Club in Chattanooga for the third year in a row, is one of three national championship events during the 2004-05 season at the NCAA Division I level.

Earlier in the tournament, Robinson and classmate Filip Koziell competed in the prequalifying singles draw. Koziell lost 6-3, 6-2 to Oregon's Markus Schiller in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Robinson, who also received a first-round bye, won his first two matches against Juan Carlos Gomez of South Florida (6-2, 7-5) and Arthur Muller of Troy (6-4, 6-7, 7-5). He dropped out in the round of 32, falling 6-2, 6-1 to Matt Berry of Tennessee.

Rose is one of 128 players vying for one of 64 spots in the main singles draw. Sixty-four doubles teams are fighting in the qualifying round for berth into the 32-team main doubles draw. Main draw competition will begin Thursday, Oct. 7.

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