Five Rebel Netters Advance to Hold Round at ITA Region III Tourney

November 5, 1998

ATHENS, Ga. - It was a successful first day for the Ole Miss men's tennis team at the ITA Region III Indoor Championships as five Rebel netters advanced to the third round, Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Martin Sjoqvist, the tournament's fourth seed, had a bye in the first round and then downed Steve Capriati of South Florida 6-2, 6-3 in the second round. He will face Nick Brochu of Georgia State in the third round at 9 a.m. Friday. Vikrant Chada, seeded 9-16 alphabetical, held off Mikko Viljanen of Tulane 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round and will meet Graydon Oliver of Alabama in the third round. Anders Stenman also had a first-round bye and defeated Shannon Nettle of Troy State 7-5, 6-2 to set up a third-round meeting against the tournament's top seed, Hisham Hemeda of Georgia.

Sophomore James Shortall, recent winner of the Ole Miss Indoor Championships, won his second round match, defeating Christian Thall of South Alabama in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. He has now won six in a row. Shortall will face Marcel VanderHeide of Florida International in the third round. Freshman Martin Selin also advanced to the third round with an easy 6-3, 6-3 win over Georgia's Joey Pitts, who played No. 6 for the Bulldogs last year. He will play Alabama's top player and the tournament's second seed, Francisco Rodriguez, in the third round.

The Rebels will also begin doubles play tomorrow after all three teams had first round byes. Sjoqvist and Selin are seeded third, while Chada and Shortall are seeded 9-16.

ITA REGION III INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Athens, Ga.
FIRST ROUND SINGLES - Daniel Healey (MSU) def. Ben Cousins (OM) 6-2, 6-4
SECOND ROUND - Martin Sjoqvist (OM) def. Steve Capriati (USF) 6-2, 6-3; Vikrant Chada (OM) def. Mikko Viljanen (TU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; Anders Stenman (OM) def. Shannon Nettle (TSU) 7-5, 6-2; James Shortall (OM) def. Christian Thall (USA) 6-4, 7-5; Martin Selin (OM) def. Joey Pitts (UGA) 6-3, 6-3.


 

 

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