Sept. 30, 2003
UPCOMING MATCHES: Several members of the Lobos will take part in the 2003 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships starting Oct. 3 at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships is not only the largest single tournament of this season in collegiate tennis, with over 300 competitors, but also the first of three national championship events at the Division I level during the 2003-04 collegiate tennis season.
The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships include 256-singles player and 128-doubles team prequalifying tournaments played October 3-6 which feed into 64-player and 32-doubles team qualifying tournaments October 7-8. The 64-player, 32-doubles team main draw takes place Oct. 9-12. The singles tournament fields can run over 300 players, making it the largest collegiate event of the season. A player who begins in prequalifying must win seven matches just to reach the main draw. UCLA's Vince Allegre did just that in 1997, then went on to win five more to reach the final.
Taking part in the prequals this weekend are senior Jasmin Hodzic and sophomores Henry Gers and Nick Ames. The tandem of juniors Ryan Stotland and David Kowalski, currently ranked 33rd nationally, will compete in the doubles qualifying competition. Senior Divan Coetzee, ranked No. 92, has already qualified and will participate in the main draw next week.
This event has been played annually since 1979. A number of its past participants have enjoyed successful professional tennis careers, including Todd Martin (Northwestern), MaliVai Washington (Michigan) and Sargis Sargsian (Arizona State), and current U.S. Davis Cup team members James Blake (Harvard), Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford), and Brian Vahaly (Virginia). Bob Bryan won the '97 singles title, Blake the '98 singles and doubles titles and Vahaly reached the '99 singles final and '00 doubles final.
Middle Tennessee's Daniel Klemetz beat Illinois' Amer Delic in last year's singles final at the Champions Club. Delic would eventually win the NCAA singles title (and played in this year's U.S. Open). Delic and Michael Calkins won the doubles title. For the Lobos, Coetzee earned a berth to the main draw where he won one match and lost two. Former player Bart Scott teamed up with Kowalski and had an impressive showing making it to the round of 16 in the pre-qualifying tourney before losing 8-5 to Benjamin Becker and Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor.
BALLOON FIESTA INVITATIONAL: New Mexico will also host the annual Balloon Fiest Invitational Oct. 10-12. Participating teams include New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, UC-Riverside, Texas A&M, Denver, the College of Santa Fe, and Mountain West Conference foe Air Force.
Last year the Lobos once again dominated the Balloon Fiest held Oct. 11-13. For the second consecutive year, a Lobo won the main singles draw title. New Mexico won the doubles title as well. Junior David Kowalski won the tounament as a freshman in 2001 with former player Bart Scott winning as a senior last year over Colorado's Justin Hunter. Junior Ryan Stotland teamed with former Lobo Brent Salazar to defeat teammates Jasmin Hodzic and Bart Scott for the doubles crown.