Nov. 1, 2006
WACO, Texas - Junior Lars Poerschke is the lone Bear competing in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Championships, Nov. 2-5 at the Racquet Club of Columbus (Ohio).
The event, hosted by The Ohio State University for the second straight year, is the second of three national tournaments for singles and doubles during the 2006-07 collegiate tennis season. Poerschke is an at-large selection for the 32-player singles field. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.
Among the participants in the 2006 championships include defending men's singles champion Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA, who also won last May's NCAA crown. Also competing will be Polo Ralph Lauren All-American champion and finalists Arnau Brugues of Tulsa and John Isner of Georgia, respectively.
Poerschke is currently ranked No. 4 nationally and is the tournament's No. 4 seed as well. The Buseck, Germany native is 5-2 in singles during the fall season and advanced to the semifinals of the recent ITA South Central Regional Tournament before falling to Texas Tech's Bojan Szumanski (2-6, 6-4, 6-2).
In first round action on Thursday, Poerschke will be pitted against Old Dominion's Henrique Cancado, a senior from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Cancado advanced to the tournament by virtue of his runnerup status at the Mideast Regional singles last Sunday. Thursday's first round match is slated to begin no earlier than 4:30 p.m. (Central).
The victor of the Poerschke/Cancado match will take on the Ricardo Soriano (Tulsa)/Steven Moneke (Ohio State) winner in the round of 16. That contest would be on Friday and would not begin any earlier than 11:30 a.m. (Central).
Poerschke's results will be posted at www.BaylorBears.com at the end of each day's competition. For complete tournament results please visit: http://www.itatennis.com/Indoors06/main.htm