Chris Diaz Advances to Final of Midwest ITA Summer Circuit Tournament
July 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio– Chris Diaz, a redshirt freshman on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, advanced to the final of the Midwest ITA Summer Circuit Tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich. The event, hosted by Western Michigan University, is an open tournament where nearly 30,000 men and women have competed since its inception in 1993.
After receiving a first-round bye, Diaz handed Andrew McGlashen of Wisconsin Whitewater a 6-2, 6-3 loss. In the round of 16, Diaz, a Columbus native who attended Bishop Watterson, beat Doug Zade of Michigan State 6-1, 6-3. Up next, Diaz faced Doug Barnard of Notre Dame and won 6-3, 6-1. Diaz then faced back-to-back Big Ten opponents in Northwestern’s Alexandru Pasareanu (7-6(0), 6-1) and Illinois’ Tim Kopinski (6-1, 6-0) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. Diaz ran into No. 1 seed Greg Andrews of Notre Dame in the final and dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision.
Diaz spent the 2011-12 season as a redshirt for the Buckeyes. While attending Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Diaz won three Ohio High School Athletic Association state titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011. As a freshman, he captured a Division I doubles championship with his brother Philip. The duo was runners-up in 2009. Diaz went undefeated during his junior and senior seasons to conclude his high school career as a two-time Division II singles champion. An All-Central Catholic League honoree, Diaz also was awarded team MVP honors.
About the ITA Summer Circuit
The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of eight regional circuits (East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Texas and West) consisting of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the USTA/ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana in August.
2012 Midwest ITA Summer Circuit