May 21, 1997
Wolters Advances in Individual Championships
LOS ANGELES - Stanford men's tennis player Ryan Wolters advanced to the second round to the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships while teammate Paul Goldstein was eliminated
Wolters beat Ashley Fisher of Texas Christian University by scores of 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. He will play Ryan Sachire of Notre Dame tomorrow. Goldstein was not as fortunate, losing Ivan Rodrigo of Miami by scores of 6-3, 0-6, 6-1.
Notes from Singles First Round Action
Three Top-Eight Seeds Upset: First round aciton saw top-eight seeds fall to unseeded opponents three times. In a match that started at 10 a.m., No. 4 seed Mike Russell of Miami fell to Simon Larose of Mississippi State 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. the second-seeded player to fall was No. 5 Johan Hede of Mississippi who lost to Gavin Sontag of Illinois 6-3, 6-4 in a 2:30 p.m. match. The final match completed saw No. 8 Joh Roddick of Georgia fall to Ignacio Hirogoyen of SMU, 7-6, 6-3.
Three 9-16 Seeds also Fall: The second upset of the day occured in a 10:30 start when Xavier Avilia of Kansas upset Justin O'Neal, a 9-16 seed, from Florida 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In a noon match, Anthony DeLuise of Middle Tennessee eliminated Mitch Sprenelmeyer, a 9-16 seed, from Clemson 6-3, 7-6. Eddie Jacques of Georgia was also ousted by Paul Martin of Texas, 6-4, 6-1.
Quotes from Singles First Round Action:
UCLA player Eric Taino: (On the first set loss in his victory to John James) "I was waiting for him to give me points, but in the second and third sets I was more aggressive. To lose without intensity is the worst thing you can do...I feel real fresh and I've got three good matches under my belt from earlier (in the team event) and I think that's an advantage."
Illinios player Gavin Sontag: (On advancing to the second round) "I came as a learning experience but this is a big national win for me." (On upset of No. 5 seed Johan Hede) "I felt that I had a good game to beat him and I broke him twice."
USC player Patrick Gottesleben: (On his loss to Oliver Tauma) "I thought I would win a couple of rounds for sure. I didn't play well the whole match. I should have beat him in two sets. My groundstrokes were off and my serve was average or below."