Article Courtesy of Tyler Morning Telegraph
PLANO - Despite dropping three matches on Wednesday, the Tyler Junior College Apaches remained in the hunt for the NJCAA men's national tennis championship.
TJC was 4-2 in singles at Collin County Community College and 2-1 in doubles.
Laredo leads after the third day of the tournament with 34 points, while TJC is tied with Collin County and Vincennes (Ind.) with 33 points for second place.
Action continues today at 9:15 a.m.
The Apaches lost two close and key head-to-head matches with Laredo in Flight 1 (TJC's No. 4 seed Luis Vivas fell to Laredo's No. 1 seed Jair Assuncao 7-5, 7-5) and in Flight 2 (TJC's Matt Campbell fell to Laredo's No. 3 seed Bruno Kliskinic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8)).
TJC did advance four singles players to the semifinals - No. 4 seed Tassilo Schmid in Flight 3; No. 4 seed Vasili Caripi in Flight 4; No. 3 seed Javier Perez in Flight 5; and No. 3 seed Jacob Rother in Flight 6.
Schmid scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 5 seed Edgardo Tapia of Cowley County (Kan.). He will play No. 1 seed Jeremie Castela of Laredo at 9:15 a.m. today.
Caripi will face No. 1 seed Leonardo Ivic in the semifinals at 11 a.m. today. Caripi won his quarterfinals match over Caio Nunes of Seminole State (Okla.), 6-2, 6-2.
Perez captured his quarterfinal match over No. 5 seed Josh Golding of Cowley County, 6-2, 6-2. Perez will face No. 2 seed Ed Spillman of Vincennes at 11 a.m. today in the semifinals.
In Flight 6, Rother won his quarters match with Matt Canelon of USC Lancaster (S.C.), 6-1, 6-0. His semifinal opponent is No. 1 seed Geiawdivos Haile of Georgia Perimeter. The match is slated for 11 a.m.
In doubles, TJC's No. 3 seed Campbell and Caripi advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over the Seward (Kan.) team of Lucas Izkovitz and Justin Pena. The Apache duo will face Laredo's No. 2 seeded team of Jeremie Castela and Kliskinic at 2 p.m.
The Apaches' Schmid and Adam Taylor, the No. 5 seeds, fell in Fight 2 doubles to No. 2 seeds Jose Soto and Jose Zaatini of Vincennes, 6-4, 6-3.
TJC's No. 1-seeded pair of Rother and Vivas in Flight 3 doubles scored a 6-2, 6-2 win over Preston Samowitz and Eric Verdi of Georgia Perimeter in the quarters. Rother and Vivas will play the No. 4 seed team of Casey Clark and Kyle Rowe of Collin at 2 p.m. today.
The final day of the tournament is Friday.
NJCAA Men's NationalTennis Tournament
Collin County Community College, Plano
Standings - Day 3
1. Laredo (Texas) - 34
2. Collin (Texas) - 33
2. Tyler (Texas) - 33
2. Vincennes (Ind.) - 33
5. Georgia Perimeter - 31
6. Cowley County (Kan.) - 28.5
7. ABAC (Ga.) - 25
8. Seminole State (Okla.) - 18.5
9. ASA (N.Y.) - 18
10. Johnson County (Kan.) -17.5
10. Temple (Texas) - 17.5
12. Seward County (Kan.) - 17
12. USC Lancaster (S.C.) - 17
14. Itawamba (Miss.) - 16
15. Meridian (Miss.) - 14.5
16. New Mexico Military - 14
17. Harford (Md.) - 9.5
18. Marion Military (Ala.) - 9
18. Mesa (Ariz.) - 9
20. Scottsdale (Ariz.) - 8
20. Lewis & Clark (Ill.) - 8
22. Dupage (Ill.) - 6
23. Pima (Ariz.) - 5
24. Moraine Valley (Ill.) - 3.5
25. Mississippi Gulf Coast - 3
26. Oakton (Ill.) - .5