Osorio and Gutierrez Advance in ITA Regional Play
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Senior Juan Carlos Osorio and junior Alberto Gutierrez picked up second round victories to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal play in the Wilson/ITA Division II Southeast Region singles championships at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
Rain halted action on Friday second round play could be completed. Seven of the eight quarterfinalists in the men’s draw have been determined but none of the doubles quarterfinal matches could be played.
Three players moved to the quarterfinals with upsets of seeded players. The big upset of the day was top seed Aivarus Balzekas of Lynn going down in the third round to unseeded Gutierrez (Bogota, Columbia) in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 3-2, ret.). Fourth seed Carlos Custodio of Rollins fell to unseeded Dennis Riegraf of Lynn in the second round. Eight seed David Tafur of Rollins was knocked out by unseeded Victor Rodriguez of Barry.
FGCU senior Tim Offerman (Hamburg, Germany) nearly knocked off Balzekas in the second round before falling in two sets (6-3, 6-4).
In the men’s draws, three of the top eight seeds were eliminated with one match still to be decided. In addition to fifth seed Osorio, third seed Thomas Hipp of Barry, sixth seed Milos Koprivica of Florida Southern and seventh seed Clifford Giel of Florida Tech have all advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal round. Second seed Sebastian Niedermayer of Eckerd leads in the second set against Regnier Azevedo of Lynn after winning the first set in the final second third match to be completed.
In Saturday morning’s men’s quarterfinals, Gutierrez will face Osorio, Hipp takes on Koprivica, Giel faces Riegraf and Rodriquez awaits the Niedermayer/Azevedo winner. Women’s play on Saturday will feature Csordas against Weltz, Schunck taking on Talalenko, Ilic meeting Trotman and Shevchenko facing Purcell.
Second round doubles play will get underway Saturday morning upon completion of the singles quarterfinals.
The tournament concludes on Sunday with the winners advancing to the Oct. 13-16 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Small College Championships, also to be held at FGCU.