DES MOINES, Iowa
(Jan. 19) - Creighton men's tennis players finished day two of the 2013
Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Individual Tennis Championships held at
Drake's Roger Knapp Tennis Center Saturday.
The Bluejays were active on both the doubles and singles
courts Saturday. Creighton senior Sean Mathison advanced to a singles final and
teamed up with freshman Nick Thompson to move on to a doubles semifinal. The CU
duo of senior Billy Paluch and freshman Brandon Lee also advanced to the semis.
Creighton senior Sean Mathison claimed a spot in the
Flight 5 singles final slated for Sunday after defeating Justin Abrams of
Bradley 6-2, 6-4.The win sets up a rematch between Mathison and Drake's Ben
Mullis - the No. 109 ranked player in the nation. Mullis won the pool play matchup
on Friday 6-1, 6-1.
Mathison and Thompson earned a doubles semifinal slot in Flight
3 after a 1-1 day. The Bluejay pair beat Southern Illinois' Opieczonek and Spahic
8-3 before dropping a match by the same score to Bradley's Davis and Romanet.
The CU duo faces Drake's Tesmer and Lott in Sunday's semifinal.
In Flight 1 doubles action, Paluch and Lee punched a
ticket to the semis with a 1-1 record. Salibasic and McKie of Drake topped the
Bluejay duo 8-4 but the Creighton tandem rebounded to edge Bradley's Albitar
and Weerasinghe 8-7 (5). The Jays battle Pelaez and Eisner of Illinois State
Sunday in a semifinal.
The Creighton tandem of sophomore Elliott Baker and senior
Ryan Norman came up short in Flight 2 play. The Bluejays fell 8-3 to Goodman
and Erasmus of Drake before a tight 8-7 loss to Wichita State's Pereira and Gutierrez.
In other CU singles semifinal action No. 91 Paluch
dropped a 6-3, 7-6 match to Matheus Pereira of Wichita State in Flight 1 while
freshman Quinn Dippel fell 6-2, 6-1 to Ben Lott of Drake in Flight 6.
Five Jays were on the court for singles consolation
matches. Freshman Anthony Rauschenbach posted the lone CU win 7-5, 6-1 over SIU's
Orhan Spahic in Flight 7. Norman and Thompson split sets to open their matches
before falling in third-set superbreakers in Flight 3 and Flight 7,
The Bluejays conclude the Championships tomorrow with semifinal
doubles matches followed by finals in both singles and doubles beginning at 9
CU DAY TWO RESULTS
Flight 1 -
Matheus Pereira (WSU) def. Billy Paluch (CU) 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Flight 5 -
Sean Mathison (CU) def. Justin Abrams (BU) 6-2, 6-4
Flight 6 -
Ben Lott (DU) def. Quinn Dippel (CU) 6-2, 6-1
Flight 2 -
Hamish Weerasinghe (BU) def. Brandon Lee (CU) 6-3, 6-2
Flight 3 -
Jorge Cavero (SIU) def. Ryan Norman (CU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-4
Flight 4 -
Juan Diego Cuadrado (BU) def. Elliott Baker (CU) 6-3, 6-4
Flight 7 -
Anthony Rauschenbach (CU) def. Orhan Spahic (SIU) 7-5,
Ryan Drake (DU) def. Nick Thompson (CU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6