MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 18)
- The Creighton men's tennis team will send two players to compete in the
2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Central Regional Championships
at the University of Minnesota's Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis
Creighton men's tennis head coach Tom Lilly will direct
seniors Billy Paluch and Ryan Norman at the Regional. Each Jay will begin play
Friday in the singles main draw and compete in the doubles main draw as a team
Paluch won theFlight A singles title last month at the Omaha Collegiate Invitational
hosted by Creighton.He partnered with freshman Brandon Lee to claim theFlight A doubles title at the event as well.
fourth in the Flight A singles draw in Omaha. He and sophomore Elliot Baker
teamed up to take third in theFlight A doubles title.
The pair of Jays joins athletes representing 17 schools from
the region that will participate as individuals in both singles and doubles
draws this weekend. The doubles draw consists of 42 teams while the singles
draw is filled out with 99 players.
Thursday opens with three singles qualifying rounds. Main
draw singles and doubles action begins on Friday. Consolation draws for both
singles and doubles will ensure each entrant at least two matches at the
Championships. The finals are set for Monday.
Players representing four fellow Missouri Valley Conference
(MVC) programs will join the Bluejays at the Championships including athletes
from Bradley, Drake, Southern Illinois and Wichita State.
Athletes from three Big Ten schools including in-state rival
Nebraska, Iowa and host Minnesota will participate this weekend. Three Summit
programs and two Big 12 schools also are represented along with Arkansas of the
SEC, Tulsa of Conference USA, St. Louis of the Atlantic 10 and SIUE of the Ohio
Six schools represented in the Regional finished the 2012
season rated in the final ITA national team rankings: Oklahoma (No. 10), Tulsa
(No. 17), Minnesota (No. 36), Drake (No. 47), Arkansas (No. 58) and Nebraska
Nine players in the singles draw appear in the 2012-13 ITA
preseason rankings including No. 6 Costin Paval (Oklahoma), No. 28 Guillermo
Alcorta, (Oklahoma), No. 44 Clifford Marsland (Tulsa), No.
50 Leandro Toledo (Minnesota), No. 57 Dane Webb (Oklahoma),
No. 87 Rok Bonin (Minnesota), No. 88 Anis Ghorbel (Drake), No. 93 Matheus
Pereira (Wichita State) and No. 97 Peerakit Siributwong (Oklahoma).
Seven doubles tandems from the region are also ranked in the
ITA preseason rankings including the top-ranked team of Paval and Webb (Oklahoma),
No. 32 Bonin and Toledo (Minnesota), No. 49 Hall Fess and Greg Lehmann
(Arkansas), No. 50 Tristan Jackson and Grant Ive (Tulsa), No. 53 Manfred Jeske
and Mike Nott (Arkansas), No. 55 Garret Dunn and Michael Swank (Iowa) and No.
59 Ghorbel and James McKie (Drake).
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.