Redshirt-sophomore Wyatt Lippert went 2-0 on the first day of qualifying at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional in Columbus.
Oct. 13, 2011
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Steven Williams and Wyatt Lippert, members of the Ohio State men's tennis team, each went 2-0 on day one of qualifying at the 2011 USTA/ITA Division I Men's Midwest Regional Championships Thursday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State is serving as hosts of the prestigious event.
Lippert, a redshirt-sophomore, defeated Marc Shideler of Western Michigan 6-2, 6-4 in the initial round of qualifying. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native then proceeded to beat Valparaiso's Chris Baum 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. He will meet Axel Lagerlof of Northern Illinois Friday in the third round of qualifying with a bid to the singles main draw on the line. The third round of qualifying begins at 8 a.m. ET.
Williams, a Manlius, N.Y., native, began his senior season in perfect style with wins in the first two rounds of qualifying. Williams, the No. 2 seed in the draw, defeated Vukasin Teofanovic of Marquette 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 in the first round and Toledo's Grant Adams 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. Williams will attempt to advance to the main draw Friday when he faces the winner of the Craig Cox and Mike Basha match.
The following are singles main draw matches featuring Ohio State players to be played Friday:
No. 1 seed Blaz Rola vs. Alex Robles (Wisconsin)
No. 2 seed Chase Buchanan vs. Barrett Franks (Michigan)
No. 5 seed Devin McCarthy vs. Michael Moore (Notre Dame)
No. 6 seed Peter Kobelt vs. Alex Pasareanu (Northwestern)
No. 7 seed Nelson Vick vs. Nial Fitzgerald (Notre Dame)
No. 8 seed Ille Van Engelen vs. Ross Guigon (Illinois)
No. 16 seed Connor Smith vs. Petr Satral (Wiscosin)
Hunter Callahan vs. Toomas Manner (Illinois State)
Kevin Metka vs. Austin Brooks (Michigan State)
Singles main draw action begins at 12:15 p.m., while the doubles main draw will commence at 4:30 p.m.