Recht In Final 16 at ITA Event
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana men's tennis player senior Ryan Recht and women's players senior Dora Vastag, junior Sarah Batty and sophomore Laura McGaffigan remain in the main draw of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Summer Championships. The Open is being held at the Varsity Tennis Center on the campus of Indiana University from Saturday, August 21 through Tuesday, August 17.
Recht advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-1,6-3 victory over Jeff French of Western Michigan. Recht will face Northwestern's Chuck Perrin on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. Recht will team with junior John Stone in tomorrow's doubles competition. The tandem will be the fifth-seeded squad.
Vastag, the No. 1 seed on the women's side received a bye in the first round and beat Emily Jaffe of Pennsylvania, 6-3, 0-6, 1-0 (9), in the round of 32. Vastag and McGaffigan will be the No. 2 seeded team for Sunday's doubles action.
McGaffigan won her two singles matches over Whitney Block in straight sets, 6-1,6-1, and downed Shelah Chao of Pennsylvania, 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (8). Batty won her opening round match, 7-6, 6-4, over Daisy Ames of Brown and her round of 32 contest against Parker Goyer of Duke, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (13).
Fifteen of the 16 women's seeds advanced through the first two rounds.
On the men's side, top-seed Joey Atas, the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, posted two wins today to advance in the men's singles. All told, 12 of the men's top 16 seeds advanced to the round of 16.
The round of 16 in singles and opening two rounds of doubles will take place tomorrow.
The ITA National Summer Championships, presented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), are the pinnacle of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, which was played at 20 regional sites throughout the country last month. Over 15,000 men and women have competed in circuit events since it began in 1993. This is the 10th anniversary of the national championships, which were added to the circuit in '94.
The singles and doubles champions from the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into the first national tournaments of the 2004-05 collegiate tennis season - the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October (the finalists earn wild cards into the qualifying tournaments).
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