MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 19)
- Creighton men's tennis senior Billy Paluch started play at the 2012 Intercollegiate
Tennis Association's (ITA) Central Regional Championships with wins in both
singles and doubles action Friday at the University of Minnesota's Baseline
Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
In the singles main draw, Paluch knocked off MVC rival
Arthur Romanet of Bradley in straight sets during a first-round match. The Jay
used extra games to claim the first set at 7-5 then blanked the Brave in the
second stanza 6-0 to advance.
Paluch lines up across the net from another MVC opponent
Saturday. The senior faces No. 8 seed Matheus Pereira of Wichita State in the
In doubles action, Paluch teamed up with fellow senior Ryan
Norman to roll over Patrick Hammers and Bradley Holt of Western Illinois 8-1 in
a first-round match to advance.
Later in the day Norman and Paluch fell to MVC foes Badr
Cherradi and Johnny Rigby of Southern Illinois 8-4 in a second-round battle.
Norman dropped his first-round singles match to Minnesota's Mathieu
Froment on the Gopher's home court 6-0, 6-1.
The Central Regional Championship is one of 12 USTA/ITA
Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men taking place this weekend on
campuses throughout the country. The singles and doubles champion from each regional
gain automatic entry into the 2012 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor
Championships Nov. 8-11 at the indoor facilities at the USTA Billie Jean King
National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.