Three Advance at ITAs
October 01, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. -- Three Sooners advanced to the second round of singles qualifying the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa.

OU’s Axel Alvarez defeated Stanford’s Nolan Paige in consecutive sets 6-2, 6-0 in the first round Monday. Alvarez faces Virginia’s Justin Shane in the second round Tuesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Freshman Andrew Harris dropped his first set in a tiebreaker to Old Dominion’s Carlos Lopezi-Villa, but rallied to claim two sets 6-3, 6-3 to advance.

Freshman Alex Ghilea beat Binghamton’s Sidharta Hazarika 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0. Ghilea next faces Indiana’s Sven Lalic.

After winning three straight matches each to advance through last weekend’s pre-qualfying rounds, junior Nick Papac’s and newcomer Austin Siegel’s runs ended Monday in qualifying.

Junior Nick Papac battled East Carolina’s Joran Vliegen, winning a lengthy first-set tiebreaker 15-13, but falling 6-2, 6-2 in the following two sets.  Newcomer Austin Siegel lost in straight sets to Auburn’s Lukas Ollert 6-1, 6-3.

The second and third round of the single’s qualifying draw continue Tuesday. Winners advance to the main draw, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The doubles qualifying rounds also begin Tuesday. 

Siegel and Ghilea have first- and second-round byes while duos of Guillermo Alcorta and Alvarez and Dane Webb and Harris have a first-round bye before beginning in Tuesday’s second round.

Siegel and Papac will play in a qualifying consolation match Tuesday. 

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