Oct. 24, 2010
NORMAN, Oklahoma —The University of Iowa men’s tennis team was in action at the ITA Central Region Championships this weekend, as the doubles play of Austen Kauss and Will Vasos highlighted the rain-ladened tournament for the Black and Gold.
Kauss and Vasos opened the tournament strong in the doubles main draw play, winning two straight matches on Friday to reach the quarterfinals. In round one, the tandem defeated Alastair Barnes and Grant Ive of Tulsa 8-6. The pair continued their winning ways in round two, knocking off de Paula Periera and David Calvacanti of Wichita State 8-2. Kauss and Vasos were edged in a hard fought match in the quarterfinals, falling to Arkansas’ Christopher Nott and Matthew Hogan by a 9-8 (3) count.
“Austen and Will played great together. They played two excellent matches, and had a third one come down to the very end in a tough one,” said head coach Steve Houghton. “To reach the quarterfinals in a tournament like this is no small task. It was a great effort from them.”
Kauss also paced the Hawkeyes in singles play, picking up an opening round victory in the main draw. Kauss beat Nott 7-3, 6-2 to advance. Fellow Hawkeye Marc Bruche followed suit, opening the first round of the tournament with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over UMKC’s Serge Ristivojevic. The victory marked Bruche’s fifth consecutive victory, a stretch that resulted in claiming the title in Flight A of the Northwestern Invitational.
Both Kauss and Bruche were tripped up by stern competition in the second round on Saturday, as Adam Fabik (SIU) defeated Bruche 7-5, 6-1 and Benedikt Lindheim (Neb) edged Kauss 6-2, 6-1. The Hawkeyes finished the tournament with six singles victories, and two doubles victories.
The Hawkeyes will finish the fall season with their next action at the Big Ten Singles Tournament in East Lansing. Play will begin on Friday and conclude on Sunday.
ITA Central Regional ResultsSingles Qualifying
Group C:Mitch Beckert (Iowa) def. Romanet (BRADLEY) 8-3Sock (NEB) def. Mitch Beckert (Iowa) 6-1, 4-6, 10-8Group D:Christian (CREIGHTON) def. Joey White (Iowa) 9-7Consolation: Keiner (BRADLEY) def. Joey White (Iowa) 6-2, 7-5Group F:Alawadhi (UMKC) def. Jeroen Gorstworst (Iowa) 8-6Group G:Chase Tomlins (Iowa) def. Videtich (NEB) 8-3Weerasinghe (BRADLEY) def. Chase Tomlins (Iowa) 6-3, 2-6, 10-8Group H:Garrett Dunn (Iowa) byeBlackwell (NEB) def. Garrett Dunn (IOWA) 7-6, 6-4Consolation: Garrett Dunn (Iowa) def. Buceta (WIU), 6-2, 6-2
Singles Main Draw Round One
Austen Kauss (Iowa) def. Nott (Arkansas) 7-3, 6-3Marc Bruche (Iowa) def. Ristivojevic (UMKC) 7-5, 6-1Martinoski (OSU) def. Jonas Dierckx 6-1, 6-1Marsland (TU) def. Will Vasos (Iowa) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
Doubles Main Draw Round One
Gallego/Arndt (Minn) def. Marc Bruche/Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) 9-7Will Vasos/Austen Kauss (Iowa) def. Barnes/Ive (TU) 8-6
Will Vasos/Austen Kauss (Iowa) def. Cavalcanti/Periera (WSU) 8-2
Singles Main Draw Round Two
Lindheim (NU) def. Austen Kauss (Iowa) 6-2, 6-1Fabik (SIU) def. Marc Bruche (Iowa) 7-5, 6-1
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