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Vaz Falls In Qualifying, ITA Regional Championships Draw Announced
Friday, October 11, 2013 | by Sara Roberts (@Saraannerob)
Tianyu Bao and two others named in ITA Regional Championships draw
Tianyu Bao and two others named in ITA Regional Championships draw

ATLANTA – After 32 players battled to earn one of eight remaining spots in the main singles draw, the first day of the ITA Southeastern Regional Championships has drawn to a close. As the last round of qualifying matches were played, the 64-member main singles draw was completed, naming three FGCU men’s tennis players as part of the high-caliber event.

Since Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC), Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) earned an automatic spot in the main draw based on previous performances, the only Eagle playing in the qualifying round was Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa). Vaz took his opponent, Jake Bouchillon, of Kennesaw State to three sets but ultimately suffered a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 defeat. Bouchillon continued on to win his second match 6-2, 6-2, securing one of the eight spots in the main draw.

Day two of the championships will begin at 8 a.m. with the singles round of 64 as Vives faces Maksim Yorsh of Kennesaw State, Bao takes on Miami’s Diego Soto and Tsama squares off against William Albanese of Miami.

The day will continue into doubles play as the four Eagles take on two pairs from the University of Georgia. Vives and Vaz are set to face Eric Diaz and Nick Wood and 2:30 p.m. and Tsamas and Bao look to upset the No. 2 ITA ranked pair of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland at 3 p.m.

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 12:
Play begins at 8 a.m.
Singles main draw round of 64
Doubles round of 32
Doubles round of 16
Singles back draw round of 32

Sunday, October 13:
Play begins at 8 a.m.
Singles main draw round of 32
Singles main draw round of 16
Doubles quarterfinals

Monday, October 14:
Play begins at 9 a.m.
Singles main draw quarterfinals
Singles main draw semifinals
Doubles semifinals

Tuesday, October 15:
Play begins at 9 a.m.
Singles main draw finals
Doubles finals