Men's Tennis at All-American Championships Update
Three members of the Indiana University men's tennis team traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships over the last week. Seniors Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter, as well as redshirt freshman Phillip Eilers made the trip.
Eilers and McLouglin began the pre-qualifier with first round byes while Richter's national ranking already placed him the qualifying draw. Eilers breezed by San Diego State's Matan Shitrit, 6-3, 6-0 in the second round before winning a close match, 7-6 (2), 6-4, over Anton Stryhas from Sacramento State. He then seized a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over TCU's Zach Nichols to join Richter in the qualifying draw. McLoughlin, meanwhile, suffered a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Robin Fernandez (Texas-San Antonio) in his second round match.
Eilers continued his strong play in the first round of the qualifying draw, picking up a 6-4, 6-1 victory on Monday over Roy Sichel from Charlotte. Unfortunately, Richter dropped his opening round match, a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Wake Forest's Steve Foreman.
Eilers's run through the tournament finally ended with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Drake's Dalibor Pavic on Tuesday. Richter and McLoughlin also fell victim to a loss in their first round doubles match, an 8-5 loss to Florida State's No. 1 doubles team.
Richter will continue playing after taking a three-set win in his first consolation match on Tuesday. He downed Kevin Desauer (LSU) in a third set tiebreaker.
For the most up-to-date results and information regarding the All-American championship tournament, visit itatennis.com and click on the tournament logo along the right side of the page.
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