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.
D’NOVO ITA ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Oct. 3-12, 2008
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
at Tulsa, Okla.
PREQUALIFYING DRAW SINGLES
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.