Sept. 23, 2005
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CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Virginia men's tennis team opened play Friday at the fourth annual UVa Fall Invitational at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers had five players advance to the round of 16 in Flight A of singles and three players advance to the round of 16 in Flight B of singles.
In Flight A, five Cavaliers were top 16 seeds and received a first round bye. Top seeded Doug Stewart (Malibu, Calif.) advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Sammy Struyf of Alabama. Fourth seeded Rylan Rizza (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) also won in straight sets, downing Dan Nguyen of Harvard 6-2, 6-4. Marko Miklo (Bratislava, Slovakia), a 9-16 seed, cruised into the round of 16 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Dominic Pagon of William & Mary. Unseeded Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) won a pair of matches to be one of three unseeded players to reach the round of 16. In the first round, Huey topped Louis-Xavier Lavalle of Maryland 6-2, 6-1 before upsetting No. 5-8 seed Andreas Siljestrom of Middle Tennessee 6-4, 7-5. The other two seeded Cavaliers began their matches in the evening at the Boar's Head Sports Club after thunderstorms delayed play and finally forced it indoors. Third seeded Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) posted a 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 win over Michael Jetter, but No. 5-8 seed Darrin Cohen (Lafayette, Calif.) was upset by Brandon Allan of Middle Tennessee, 6-1, 6-4.
In the B Flight, three Cavaliers won a pair of matches to advance to the round of 16. Eric Riley (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) scored straight set wins over Joseph Winthers of Liberty and Jordie Kindervater of Alabama. Andrew Downing (Virginia Beach, Va.) also won both his matches in straight sets, defeating Bryan Bankester of Memphis and David Rowan of VCU. First-year Nick Meros (Tallahassee, Fla.) made his collegiate debut on Friday, and won his first two matches. He rallied for a three-set win over Jeffrey Schnell of American in the first round before scoring a straight set win over Marc Boiron of Middle Tennessee.
The doubles play on Friday was postponed until Saturday due to the weather. The tournament will continue at 9:00 am on Saturday at the Snyder Tennis Center and will run through Sunday.