Oct. 12, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Purdue men’s tennis players Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla advanced to the Round of 16 by winning two matches Saturday at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships. The Round of 16 will be contested Sunday at Goodfriend Tennis Center with Medinilla playing at 1 p.m. ET and Tatarczyk at 1:30 p.m.
Tatarczyk, who received a bye in the Round of 128, downed Cedric Dujacquier of Belmont in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, in his first match. The senior Boilermaker exchanged sets with Xavier’s Mesa Mei, and took the crucial third, 6-4, in the Round of 32. With the win, Tatarczyk advances to face third-seeded Hunter Reese of Tennessee on Sunday.
Medinilla dropped just one set as he knocked off a pair of seeded players to earn a spot in the Round of 16. After a 6-4 first-set loss to ninth-seeded Jeff Offerdahl of Vanderbilt, Medinilla rebounded 6-4 in the second and 6-1 in the third. Tennessee’s Markus Kerner, seeded 17th, awaited the freshman in the Round of 32, where the Boilermaker took a 7-6, 6-1, decision. His opponent in the Round of 16 will be David O’Hare of Memphis.
Mark Kovacs also won in the Round of 64, beating Ettore Zito of Middle Tennessee State (6-2, 1-6, 6-4), but fell to Vanderbilt’s Rhys Johnson in his following match (6-1, 6-4) to bow out of the tournament. Aaron Dujovne was also forced out of competition, suffering a three-set loss to Cedric DeZutter of Memphis (6-3, 3-6, 7-6) in the Round of 64.
The USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships Tournament Central page hosted by Tennessee offers updated draws, a live blog and access to a free, live video feed for select matches from Goodfriend Tennis Center. Results will also be tweeted on @ITAOhioValley as they become available. Viewers may ask the broadcasters questions through the live blog or @ITAOhioValley.
A dozen sites across the country are chosen to host a USTA/ITA Regional Championship during a window spanning Oct. 9-23 and features some of the top men's players across the country.
Round of 64
Mark Kovacs (Purdue) def. Ettore Zito (MTSU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) def. Cedric Dujacquier (Belmont), 6-4, 6-1
Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) def. Jeff Offerdahl (Vanderbilt), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
Cedric DeZutter (Memphis) def. Aaron Dujovne (Purdue), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6
Round of 32
Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) def. Markus Kerner (Tennessee), 7-6, 6-1
Rhys Johnson (Vanderbilt) def. Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 6-1, 6-4
Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) def. Mesa Mei (Xavier), 7-5, 3-6, 6-4