Wire advances to final, two doubles teams play in semi's in Seattle

Oct. 15, 2007

Seattle, WA - Sophomore Richard Wire advanced to the finals today with two wins and the Stanford doubles contingent went 2-1 to advance two teams into the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championship tournament at the University of Washington's Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle. Wire will play for a shot at both the doubles and singles championships tommorrow in what could be a long day of tennis starting with the doubles semis, and then on to the singles finals and potentially the doubles finals.

The doubles semifinals will be an all Stanford-Cal affair, featuring top seeded freshman Ted Kelly and junior Blake Muller, who defeated Bozhidar Katsarov and Kallim Stewart of Cal 8-5 in the quarterfinals, and Wire along with freshman Greg Hirshman, who beat Zach Gilbert and Ken Nakahara of Cal 8-1 to join their Cardinal teammates in the semi's. Sophomore Kevin Kaiser and junior Jeff Zeller's run ended in the quarters by a mark of 8-6 at the hands of second seeded Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini, also from Cal.

Wire, the last remaining Cardinal in the singles main draw to begin the day, rolled through today's play without losing a set. He beat Cal's Kallim Stewart 6-4, 6-4 to gain entry into the semis where he bested Sacramento State's Kiryl Harbatsiuk by the same score. Combining singles and doubles matches Wire has gone 7-0 at the ITA Regional Championships and has punched his ticket to the ITA National Indoor Championships in Columbus during the first week of November with his finals apperance. The doubles champion also gets an invite to the exclusive tournament that only features 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams and serves as the second of three majors in collegiate tennis.

In singles consolation play Hirshman defeated the University of San Francisco's Mitch del Rosario by an unreported score in the quarters before losing to Xavier Barajas-Smith of Sacramento State 6-4, 5-7 (10-3) in the semi's.

The ITA Regional Championships concludes tommorrow with the doubles semifinals and consolation singles final at 9:30 a.m., followed by the singles final at 11:30 a.m and ending with the doubles final immediately after.

For complete results and tournament information see: ITA Regional Championships Homepage

Today's Results

Doubles Quarterfinals

Ted Kelly and Blake Muller (S) (1) d. Bozhidar Katsarov and Kallim Stewart (Cal) 8-5
Greg Hirshman and Richard Wire (S) (5) vs. Zach Gilbert and Ken Nakahara (Cal) 8-1
Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini (2) (Cal) d. Kevin Kaiser and Jeff Zeller (S) 8-6

Singles Quarterfinals
(2) Richard Wire (S) d. (9) Kallim Stewart (Cal) 6-4, 6-4

Singles Semifinals
(2) Richard Wire (S) d. (9) Kiryl Harbatsiuk (Sacramento St.) 6-4, 6-4

Singles Consolation

Quarterfinals
Greg Hirshman (S) def. Mitch del Rosario (San Francisco) (score unreported)

Semifinals
Xavier Barajas-Smith (Sacramento St.) def. Greg Hirshman (S), 6-4, 5-7 (10-3)

Upcoming Matches

Doubles Semifinals
Tommorrow 9:30 a.m.
(1) Ted Kelly and Blake Muller (S) vs. (3) Jonathan Dahan and Pierre Mouillon
(5) Greg Hirshman and Richard Wire (S) vs. (2) Geoff Chivezer and Pedro Zerbini

Doubles Finals
Immediately Following Singles Final
Contestants TBD

Singles Finals
Tommorrow 11:30 a.m.
(2) Richard Wire (S) vs. (4) Andy Kuharszky (Washington)

Sunday's Results

Singles Round of 16

Tobias Obenaus (Washington) d. Ted Kelly (S) 6-1; 3-6; 6-1
Bozhidar Katzarov (Cal) d. (9) Blake Muller (S) 6-3; 6-3
(2) Richard Wire (S) d. Ken Nakahara (Cal) 6-0; 6-2

Doubles Round of 16

(1) Ted Kelly and Blake Muller (S) d. Asaf Cohen and Mitch Del Rosario (San Francisco) 8-1
(5) Greg Hirshman and Richard Wire (S) d. Achim Christner and Marek Dvorak (Saint Mary's) 8-6
Kevin Kaiser and Jeff Zeller (S) d. (5) Francisco Gallardo and Marco Verdasco (Oregon) 8-6

Singles Round of 32
Tommorrow 8 a.m.

(9) Kallim Stewart (Cal) d. Kevin Kaiser (S) 7-6; 6-4
(2) Richard Wire (S) d. Ric Mortera (Cal) 6-0; 6-0

Saturday's Results
Men's Singles Round of 32

Ted Kelly (S) d. (1) Pierre Mouillon (Cal) 6-7; 6-3; 6-3
Blake Muller (9) (S) d. Derek Drabble (Washington) 6-7; 6-4; 3-4 Ret (inj)

Men's Doubles Round of 32

(1) Ted Kelly and Blake Muller (S) d. Justin Garcia and Henri Landes (UC Davis) 8-3
(5) Greg Hirshman and Richard Wire (S) d. Torin Ching and Rainer Nachbauer (San Francisco) 8-4
Kevin Kaiser and Jeff Zeller (S) d. Xavier Barajas-Smith and Holden Ching (Sacramento State) 9-8

Friday's Results

Singles Round of 64
Kevin Kaiser (S) d. Mitch Del Rosario (San Francisco) 3-6; 6-3; 6-2
(9) Kiryl Harbatsiuk (Sacramento St.) d. Greg Hirshman (S) 6-3; 6-3
(9) Blake Muller (S) d. Dan Elefant (UC Davis) 6-4; 6-0
Ted Kelly (S) d. Dillon Pottish (Portland) 7-5; 6-4
(2) Richard Wire (S) d. Evan Schleining (Portland)

Singles Round of 128
Greg Hirshman (S) d. Roman Dojcak (Gonzaga) 6-1; 6-2
David Chu (Washington) d. Jeff Zeller (S) 6-2; 6-0

Consolation

Round of 64
Sat Oct. 13

Roman Docjack (Gonz) d. Jeff Zeller (Stan), 6-3, 6-3

Round of 32
Sat Oct. 13

Greg Hirshman (Stan) d. Bryan Thorp (UP), 6-1, 6-1

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