Corkery Wins Opening Round Match at NCAA Singles Championship

May 24, 2006

Senior KC Corkery won his opening round match today in the NCAA Singles Championships at the Taube Tennis Center. Corkery, ranked 25th in the nation, defeated Raul Morant-Rivas of Texas A&M Corpus Christi 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to advance to tomorrow's Round of 32. Later today, the Cardinal's Matt Bruch makes his debut in the singles tournament with an opening round match against Andrew Mlendea of TCU.

Corkery and Morant-Rivas had met earlier this season at the National Indoor Championships in November with Corkery recording a 6-2, 6-1 win. Today, however, the Cardinal senior had a much tougher time putting Morant-Rivas away.

Corkery and Morant-Rivas split the first two sets and battled to 4-4 and 5-5 ties in the third and deciding set before Corkery held serve at 6-5 and broke Morant-Rivas' serve to win the final set 7-5.

Corkery is now 28-5 overall this season. Tomorrow, he will play a second round singles match and an opening round doubles match with partner James Pade.

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