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No.1 seed Devvarman, three freshman among semifinalists at ITA National Indoor Championships

     
Arkansas's Aurelija Miseviciute (left) upset No.1 seed Megan Falcon of LSU, while freshman Ellah Nze of Duke (right) sent home the No.2 seed, Susie Babos from California. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio No.1 seed and defending NCAA singles champion Somdev Devvarman from Virginia notched two victories in singles Friday to advance to tomorrow's semifinals at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships. This event, the second of three national championships for singles and doubles this 2007-08 collegiate tennis season, is being hosted by The Ohio State University at the Racquet Club of Columbus.

Devvarman beat Drake's Dalibor Pavic 6-4, 6-3 in tonight's quarterfinals of men's singles. Earlier in the day, he topped Penn State's Michael James, 6-4, 6-4 in a round of 16 match-up. Devvarman, who also won the NCAA title last May, is the only remaining seed on the men's side. His semifinal opponent will be freshman Alex Clayton from Stanford, who beat Florida's No.4 seed Greg Ouellette 6-3, 6-4 tonight. Clayton is the first Stanford player to reach the semifinals since Alex Kim in 2001; Stanford leads all schools with three Indoor singles champions, with the last one being Kim in '01.

Illinois' Ryan Rowe had two hard-fought wins today, to make his first national semifinal appearance. He opened the day beating Albert Larregola from Virginia Tech, 6-7(0), 6-2, 6-2, then topped Daniel Vallverdu from Miami 7-5, 6-4. Rowe is looking to become first University of Illinois finalist since Amer Delic in 2002. His opponent will be Denver's Adam Holmstrom, who registered wins over Richard Wire from Stanford and Oleksandr Nedovyesov from Oklahoma State, to become Denver's first national semifinalist.

On the women's side, both of the top seeds fell today. No.1 seed Megan Falcon from LSU lost to Arkansas's Aurelija Miseviciute in the quarterfinals tonight, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Miseviciute, a junior who reached the quarterfinals at the Riviera All-American tournament this October, will be making her first national semifinal appearance. Her opponent will be Baylor's Taylor Ormond, who beat No.7 seed Amanda McDowell from Georgia Tech in the quarters, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. Ormond, along with Duke's Ellah Nze, becomes the first freshman to reach the semifinals since Cal's Susie Babos did it in 2005. In a twist of fate, No.2 seed Babos fell in the quarterfinals today to Nze, 6-2, 6-2. Nze, playing her first National Indoor Championships, upset two top seeds today. In the round of 16, she beat No.5 seed Zuzana Zemenova from Baylor, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. She will face off against Clemson's Ani Mijacika, the No.3 seed, who beat Georgia Tech's Kristi Miller in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Mijacika is in her second straight national semifinal so far this year; she reached the finals of the Riviera All-American tournament in October.

Saturday's men's doubles finals will feature only one seeded team. No.1 seeds Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey will face UNC's Taylor Fogelman and Chris Kearney, while Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof from USC will take on Texas's Kellen Damico and Luis Diaz Barriga. The women's semis feature four unseeded duos; Romy Farah and Caren Seenuth from Miami will play against Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova from Baylor, while TCU's Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska will take on Notre Dame's Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft.

Doubles semifinals take place starting at noon on Saturday. The singles semifinals are at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

The tournament can be followed on the ITA official website and on thebraingame.net, which will be broadcasting live streaming video and interviews on Saturday and Sunday.

Men's Doubles Quarterfinals:
Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey, Virginia, (1) def. Andy Connelly and Ross Cunningham, Tulsa, 8-5.
Taylor Fogelman and Chris Kearny, UNC, def. Federico Chavaria and Andrei Saescu, Oklahoma, 8-3
Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof, USC, def. Adam Holmstrom and Nik Persson, Denver, 8-6.
Kellen Damico and Luis Diaz Barriga, Texas, def. Matt Allare and Mike O'Connell, Ohio State, 8-2.

Women's Doubles Quarterfinals:        
Romy Farah and Caren Seenuth, Miami, def. Christina Keesey and Angela Dipastina, Ohio State, 8-3.
Lenka Broosova and Zuzana Zemenova, Baylor, def. Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe, Fresno State (4), 8-6
Macall Harkings and Anna Sydorska, TCU, def. Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray, Georgia Tech (3), 8-6.
Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft, Notre Dame, def. Kellie Schmitt and Karolina Soor, Marshall, 9-7.

Women's Singles Second Round:       
Megan Falcon, LSU (1), def. Anna Maria Constantinescu, Oklahoma, 6-3, 7-6(1).
Aurelija Miseviciute, Arkansas, def. Sanaz Marand, UNC, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Taylor Ormond, Baylor, def. Melanie Gloria, Fresno State (3), 6-2, 7-6(4).
Amanda McDowell, Georgia Tech (7), def. Laura Vallverdu, Miami, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(2).
Kristi Miller, Georgia Tech (6), def. Samantha Murray, Northwestern, 6-4, 6-3.
Ani Mijacika, Clemson (4), def. Maya Johansson, Georgia Tech, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(2).
Ellah Nze, Duke, def. Zuzana Zemenova, Baylor (5), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Susie Babos, California (2), def. Jessica Nguyen, Stanford, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-1.
Quarterfinals:           
Miseviciute, Arkansas, def. Falcon, LSU (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Nze, Duke, def. Babos, California (2), 6-2, 6-2.
Ormond, Baylor, def. McDowell, Georgia Tech (7), 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.
Mijacika, Clemson (3), def. Miller, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Men's Singles Second Round:
Somdev Devvarman, Virginia (1), def. Michael James, Penn State, 6-4, 6-4.
Dalibor Pavic, Drake, def. Conor Pollack, Texas A&M, def. 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-1.
Greg Ouellette, Florida (4) def. Justin Kronauge, Ohio State, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Alex Clayton, Stanford, def. Bassam Beidas, Pepperdine, 6-2, 6-4.
Daniel Valverdu, Miami, def. Clancy Shields, Boise State, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Ryan Rowe, Illinois, def. Albert Larregola, Virginia Tech, 6-7(0), 6-2, 6-2.
Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State, def. Matthias Wellerman, Mississippi, 6-4, 6-4.
Adam Holmstrom, Denver, def. Richard Wire, Stanford, 6-1, 7-6(1).
Quarterfinals:
Devvarman, Virginia (1), def. Pavic, Drake, 6-4, 6-3.
Clayton, Stanford, def. Ouellette, Florida (4), 6-3, 6-4.
Rowe, Illinois, def. Vallverdu, Miami, 7-5, 6-4.
Homstrom, Denver, def. Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 7-6(0).

 
 

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