October 21, 2012

Tech pair each nets singles victories at USTA/ITA Regionals

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech tennis standouts Syrym Abdukhalikov and Alejandro Augusto each claimed victories in singles play before bowing out at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional this weekend at the University of Memphis.

Facing some of the toughest competition in the nation, the two Golden Eagles each gained a victory in their initial matches before being eliminated.

Abdukhalikov, a senior from Kazakhstan, earned a first-round bye in his singles bracket, then defeated Zach Mueck of Xavier in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the round of 32. He went up against Kentucky’s Tom Jomby, where he was defeated by the exact same scores, 6-3, 6-4.

Augusto was unseeded, but quickly gained some attention with a swift, 6-0, 7-6 victory over Austin Smith of Ball State. The Madrid native advanced to face top-seeded Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, putting up a challenge before dropping a 6-2, 6-4 contest.

In doubles play, Abdukhalikov and Augusto earned a bye in the first round, then faced Michal Lyzwa and Lauri Makikalli of Wright State. The match was close, going to a tie-breaker, before the Tech combo was dealt a 9-7 loss.

Tech will close the fall tournament portion of the 2012-13 schedule in two weeks with players competing in two different tournaments, Nov. 2-4. Some will play in the Alabama Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, and some will play at the Carolinas Invitational at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.