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Jackson-Short Advance to Quarters

October 18, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Kirk Jackson and Trevor Short advanced to the quarterfinals with doubles wins Saturday at the ITA Region III Championships in Memphis, Tenn.

Jackson and Short won their first match of the day against seventh-seeded Paul Ciorascu and Catalin Gard in a walkover, as one of the Ole Miss players was injured during singles action earlier in the day. The Blue Raider duo then defeated Kentucky's 13th-seeded Evan Austin and Tigran Martirosyan, 9-7, Saturday evening.

Also in the Round of 32 doubles action Saturday afternoon, Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn defeated UAB's Andre Maier and Kristijan Mitovski, 8-1. The duo then dropped an 8-4 decision to top-seeded and fourth-ranked Andrew Colombo and Gabor Zoltan Pelva of Auburn in the Round of 16 Saturday night.

Blue Raiders Rishan Kuruppu and Andreas Siljestrom dropped an 8-3 decision to Alabama's 10th-seeded and 50th-ranked Chris Gostek and Stephen Mitchell, also in the Round of 16.

In Round of 32 singles play Saturday morning, Jackson dropped a 6-2, 6-3, decision to second-seeded and ninth-ranked Jesse Witten of Kentucky.

Jackson-Short and Colombo-Pelva will match-up in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Sunday, with a possible semifinal match to follow at 5:30 p.m. Full results may be accessed at tennisinformation.com.

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