Karimi, Hoover Advance at ITA All-American Championships

Texas A&M men’s tennis players Kayvon Karimi (pronounced KAY-von KUH-ree-me) and Colin Hoover reached the round of 32 in the pre-qualifying draw of the D’Novo ITA All-American Championships held Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.

Karimi, a sophomore right-hander from Dallas, upset 17th-seeded Albert Jou of Tulsa on his home court, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round and followed it up with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Patrick Bandy of Kentucky in the third round. He is now on a three-match win streak leading into tomorrow’s round of 32 matchup with top-seeded Tyler Hochwalt of Florida in college tennis’ top fall tournament.

Hoover, a freshman from Victoria, Texas, also moved on to the round of 32 with a well-played three-set match victory over Jaime Pulger of North Carolina State, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. He will face Jordi Ballester of Jacksonville tomorrow and has compiled a team-leading 4-1 record in fall tournament play thus far.

Ninth-seeded Chris Chirico, a junior from Philadelphia, defeated Nicholas Boulieris of Marquette, 6-3, 7-5, in the second round, but later fell to Jorge Vasquez of Memphis, 6-4, 7-5, in the third round.

Competition in the pre-qualifying draw continues tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. The qualifying draw begins on Monday with sophomores Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) and Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) competing in singles. The main draw will commence on Thursday.


Oct. 3-12, 2008

Michael D. Case Tennis Center

at Tulsa, Okla.


Round of 128

Kayvon Karimi (Texas A&M) def. (17) Albert Jou (Tulsa), 6-2, 6-3.

(9) Chris Chirico (Texas A&M) def. Nicholas Boulieris (Marquette), 6-3, 7-5.

Derek Stephens (North Carolina State) def. Austin Klores (Texas A&M), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. 

Round of 64

Kayvon Karimi (Texas A&M) def. Patrick Bandy (Kentucky), 6-4, 6-3.

Colin Hoover (Texas A&M) def. Jaime Pulger (North Carolina State), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Jorge  Vasquez (Memphis) def. (9) Chris Chirico (Texas A&M), 6-4, 7-5.

Wiegand, Zavala Add Two Wins Apiece at ITA All-American Championship

UT juniors stand one win away from singles qualifying round

Texas juniors Josh Zavala and Jon Wiegand picked up two singles wins to pull within one win of the singles qualifying round Saturday at the ITA All-American Championship.

Zavala (Amarillo, Texas) opened the day with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sacramento State’s Jason Smith before outlasting Tennessee Tech’s Dean O’Brien in the pre-qualifying round of 64, 7-6, 7-6. 

Wiegand (San Antonio, Texas) opened the day with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Old Dominion’s Yakov Diskin before finishing off Oklahoma State’s Anton Bobytsky, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. 

Zavala and Wiegand will advance to Monday’s qualifying singles round if they win their final pre-qualifying round matches on Sunday. 

ITA All-American Championships

Pre-Qualifying Singles Round of 128

Dan Cash (Florida) def. Rook Schellenberg (UT) – 6-4, 6-4

Josh Zavala (UT) def. Jason Smith (Sacramento State) – 6-3, 6-2

Jon Wiegand (UT) def. Yakov Diskin (Old Dominion) – 7-5, 6-1

Pre-Qualifying Singles Round of 64

Josh Zavala (UT) def. Dean O’Brien (Tennessee Tech) – 7-6, 7-6

Jon Wiegand (UT) def. Anton Bobytsky (Oklahoma State) – 6-2, 3-6, 6-3