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Jackson, Pair of Doubles Advance at Region III

October 17, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Senior Kirk Jackson won his singles match and a pair of doubles tandems won late Friday during the second day of action at the ITA Region III Championships at The Racquet Club in Memphis, Tenn.

Senior and No. 25 seed Jackson received a bye in the first round. He defeated Tulane's David Goulet Friday afternoon, 6-2, 6-1, advancing to take on second-seeded and ninth-ranked Jesse Witten of Kentucky at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in the Round of 32.

In main draw singles play, freshman Kai Schledorn defeated Jacksonville State's Ruben Herrera 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the morning, but fell 3-6, 4-6 to Auburn's 25th-seeded Andrew Colombo in the afternoon. Freshman Andreas Siljestrom dropped a 6-4, 2-6, 5-7 decision to Jacksonville's Martin Hehensteinger, a qualifier, in Siljestrom's first match of the tournament Friday morning.

Senior Trevor Short lost 3-6, 6-7, to Central Florida's Ener Gursoy, while junior Rishan Kuruppu won 6-3, 7-6 (1), over LSU's Colt Gaston in the morning. Kuruppu dropped a 7-6 (5), 1-6, 3-6, decision to ninth-seeded and 67th-ranked Matias Ormaza of Georgia in the afternoon.

Sophomore Brandon Allan, who won a pair of qualifying matches Thursday to get into the main draw, defeated Tennessee Tech's Luis Aguerrevere, 7-6 (5), 6-4, Friday morning before falling to Florida's 17th-seeded Marty Stiegwardt, 4-6, 3-6, in the afternoon.

In doubles action Friday evening, Jackson and Short defeated Florida's Jordan Dolberg and Stiegwardt, 8-6, while Kuruppu and Siljestrom won 8-4 over LSU's Jason Hazley and Brandon Nicholson. Jackson and Short play Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against seventh-seeded Paul Ciorascu and Catalin Gard of Ole Miss. Kuruppu and Siljestrom advance to take on Alabama's 50th-ranked and 10th-seeded Chris Gostek and Stephen Mitchell, also at 4:30 Saturday.

Allan and Schledorn drew a bye in the first round as the No. 12 seed and play Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of UAB's Andre Maier-Kristijan Mitovski and Troy State's Charles Van Swelm-Robert Van Swelm.

Tournament results may be accessed at tennisinformation.com.

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