One Day Remaining for Men's Tennis at San Diego All-College Tournament

Oct. 19, 2002

San Diego, Calif. - The Oregon men's tennis team completed day two at the San Diego All-College Tournament, with a doubles team advancing to the semifinals as the highlight of the Ducks' play. Junaid Hossain and Jason Menke will continue their run at the doubles title Sunday following the conclusion of the singles draws.

'In general, it's been a good tournament for the guys,' said Chris Russell, Oregon men's tennis head coach. 'It's a good group of guys and they're all learning.'

Oregon sent seven players to the tournament, which featured two flights of singles play and a doubles draw. On day one, Hossain was the only Duck to advance in his flight into the second day of the tournament. Hossain won his first match on Saturday, but then lost in the semifinals to Mike Wojnarowicz (LMU) in two close sets, 7-6, 6-4.

'Junaid is going to help us this year, that's for sure,' Russell said.

The Ducks performed well in the back draws of the singles flights, with Chris King leading the way. King will face San Diego State's Mike Coelho in the finals of the flight two singles back draw Sunday at 9 a.m. After losing his first match of the tournament, King rallied to win his next three matches, all in straight sets, to advance to the finals. Kyle Halberg made it to the semifinals in the same draw, but lost in three sets to Coelho, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

In doubles play, Hossain and Menke have won three matches to advance to the semifinals. Their run began with an 8-5 win over Chan/Leshinksy (UCSB) Friday afternoon. The duo defeated Stevens/Tam of UC Riverside 9-7 Saturday, then knocked off Arizona's Andrus/Mullane, 8-2. The doubles team will play another team from Arizona, Hagman/O'Grady, in the semifinals. Thomas Bieri and King also advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw before losing to UCSD's team of Morton/Wilson, 8-4.

'We played some decent tennis in doubles today,' Russell said.

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