Oct. 2, 2010
TULSA, Okla. - Two Baylor men's tennis players, Julian Bley and Sergio Ramirez, opened a week of play for the Bears at the 2010 D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships on Saturday as both competed in the tournament's prequalifying singles draw.
Bley and Ramirez, both received a first round bye in the 256-player draw, after being awarded a seeded position. Bley was slotted in the No. 5-8 seeds, while Ramirez earned a No. 17-32 designation.
However, in second round action Ramirez fell behind early against Cal Poly's Brian McPhee, losing the first set 6-3. The Cali, Columbia, product, responded by winning the second set tie-breaker, 7-4, to level the match at a set apiece. In the third, Ramirez capitalized on his experience to take over the contest and win the deciding set, 6-2.
"The biggest thing for Sergio is he won a close match," head coach Matt Knoll said. "He was behind a lot of the day, but he just did a great job competing and finding a way to win. He did enough when it mattered to get a win and move forward."
Ramirez will now face North Carolina's Rob Lowe in third round action on Sunday at 10 a.m. If Ramirez prevails he will face either Adrian Forberg Skogeng of Mississippi or Juan Estenssoro of Wichita State at 2 p.m. with the opportunity to advance to the 128-man qualifying draw on the line.
Bley, on the other hand, was unable to capitalize on the bye and dropped his second round contest versus Isade Juneau of Indiana 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. The junior battled an upper-body injury all day that affected his serve.
"Julian is a little bit beat up," Knoll said. "He needed some attention from the trainer and really struggled physically today. In hindsight maybe he shouldn't have played. He just wasn't himself. He gave it a good effort, but just wasn't able to sustain anything today."
Two more of the Baylor players competing this week will start play in the qualifying draw on Mon., Oct. 4, as Roberto Maytin and Kike Grangeiro were two of the 63 at-large selections to that draw.
Baylor's lone ranked player, No. 28 John Peers, will then open up play in the singles main draw on Thurs., Oct. 7 as one of 22 at-large selections into the 64-player field.
Maytin and Peers will partner together beginning Tues., Oct. 5, in the doubles qualifying draw as the 57th-ranked duo looks to move on into main draw play.
Updated draws and results can be viewed for this week's matches at the tournament central page.
D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships
Oct 02, 2010 at Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
PQ-128 Sergio Ramirez (Baylor) def. Brian McPhee (Cal Poly) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
PQ-128 Isade Juneau (Indiana) def. Julian Bley (Baylor) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
Sunday - Oct. 3
Round of 64
Sergio Ramirez (BU) vs. Rob Lowe (UNC) 10 a.m.