Praibis Downed in Round of 32
TULSA, Okla.-- Junior Jakub Praibis gave a gutsy performance on Thursday morning in the round of 32 at the 2004 NCAA Singles Championships, but was unable to overcome third-ranked Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State as he fell, 6-4, 7-6.
IU head coach Ken Hydinger said that had Praibis' concentration not begun to waiver, he might have had a chance to win the second set.
"Jakub had a rough tiebreaker in the second set," Hydinger said. "He was only able to make one return, and Wurtzman held on and won the tiebreaker and the match. It was just not a good tiebreaker for Jakub as his concentration began to waiver towards the end."
Praibis had gone down early in the first set 4-1 to Wurtzman, but was able to close the margin to 5-4 before Wurtzman took the set, 6-4. Praibis put up a battle in the second second after going down early again, this time, 5-2. Praibis was able to pull ahead of Wurtzman, 6-5, but the set would end in a tiebreaker. Praibis would not be able to hold on against Wurtzman any longer as he dropped the second set, 7-6.
This marks the second time during the year that Wurtzman has defeated Praibis. On April 3, Praibis fell, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Praibis ends the 2003-04 season with an overall record of 16-7.
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