Sept. 27, 2003
MUNCIE, IN – The Iowa men’s tennis team faced strong competition, Friday and Saturday in the first two days of the Ball State Invitational. Freshman Walter Valarezo and the doubles pair of senior Matis Jasicek and freshman Alexis Lebron still remain in contention main draw titles.
Valarezo began his Hawkeye career in impressive fashion, advancing to the B Flight semifinals with wins over Toledo’s Freddy Gomez, Illinois State’s Alban Renard and Butler’s James Low. He will next face Illinois State’s Ben Pettinar for a chance to advance to the flight championship.
After a first-round bye, Jasicek and Lebron defeated Bradley’s Marke Pawlik and Northern Illinois’ Ryan Snack and Ball State’s John Gramelspacher and Mike Heule to advance to the D Flight final. The duo will next face Justin Kates and Erik Lindroos of Western Michigan in the title match.
In C Flight doubles competition, freshman Scott Elwell and sophomore Aaron Schaechterle advanced to the championship match of the consolation round with wins over Andy Balcer and Sanjeev Paramamathan of St. Louis and Andrew Reznack and Scott Roebuck of Bradley. The tandem will compete against Chris Cozad and Guillermo Gomez of Illinois State.
In other action, Lebron won the first two matches of his Hawkeye career with wins over Marquette’s Tomek Czernuszewicz and IUPUI’s Juan Mas in the D Flight main draw. He lost in the quarterfinals to Toledo’s Josh Moran. Sophomores Chaitu Malempati and Parker Ross and Jasicek each won their first-round main draw matches and were later defeated.
The final day of competition will conclude tomorrow with the semifinals and championship rounds.
A Flight Singles – Main Draw:
Anthony Perkins (Drake) def Sebastian Delgado (I), 6-2, 7-6(7)
Chaitu Malempati (I) def. Jeremy Miller, 6-4, 6-3
Hugo Leenders (Marquette) def. Chaitu Malempati (I), 7-6(5), 7-5
Erick Martinez (N. Ill) def. Parker Ross (I), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
A Flight Singles – Consolation:
Marko Marevic (Bradley) def. Sebastian Delgado (I), 6-4, ret. (inj)
Parker Ross (I) def. Todd Wojtkowski, 6-1, 6-4
Elgintas Vedrickas (Marquette) def. Parker Ross (I), 6-4, 6-2
B Flight Singles – Main Draw:
Walter Valarezo (I) def. Freddy Gomez (Toledo), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Walter Valarezo (I) def. Alban Renard (Ill. St.), 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5)
Walter Valarezo (I) def. James Low (Butler), 6-2, 6-1
C Flight Singles – Main Draw:
Chris Cozad (Ill. St.) def. Aaron Schaechterle (I) , 7-6(5), 6-2
Scott Elwell (I) def. Ross Gehlhausen (IUPUI), 7-5, 7-6(5)
Jack Komar (N. Ill.) def. Scott Elwell (I), 6-3, 6-3
D Flight Singles – Main Draw:
Matis Jasicek (I) def. Ryan Blankenbaker, 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
Jeff French (Louisville) def. Matis Jasicek (I), 6-3, 7-6
Alexis Lebron (I) def. Tomek Czernuszewicz (Marquette), 6-4, 6-1
Alexis Lebron (I) def. Juan Mas (IUPUI), 6-3, 6-2
Josh Moran (Toledo) def. Alexis Lebron (I), 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
A Flight Doubles – Main Draw:
Brandon Blankenberger/C.J. Weber (E. Ill) def. Delgado/Malempati (I), 8-3
A Flight Doubles – Consolation:
Ross Gehlhausen/Brian Slack (IUPUI) def. Delgado/Malempati (I), Wd (inj.)
B Flight Doubles – Main Draw:
Ross/Valarezo (I) def. Wil Lofgren/Alex Roby (Bradley), 8-4
Tom De Larzac/Lance Vodicka (St. Louis) def. Ross/Valarezo (I), 8-2
C Flight Doubles – Main Draw:
Scott Newmark/Mike Weaver (Butler) def. Elwell/Schaechterle (I), 8-5
C Flight Doubles – Consolation:
Elwell/Schaechterle (I) def. Andy Balcer/Sanjeev Paramamathan (St. Louis), 8-6
Elwell/Schaechterle (I) def. Andrew Reznack/Scott Roebuck (Bradley), 8-4
D Flight Doubles – Main Draw:
Jasicek/Lebron (I) def. Marek Pawlik (Bradley)/Ryan Schnack (N. Ill.), 8-5
Jasicek/Lebron (I) def. John Gramelspacher/Mike Heule (Ball State), 9-8(5)