Abdullah Magdas Advances To All-American Main Draw
Oct. 8, 2008
TULSA, OKLA. - USC senior Abdullah Magdas punched his ticket to the main draw of the D'Novo/ITA Men's All-American Championships with a winning stretch though the qualifying singles bracket at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center this week.
Magdas was the one Trojan to emerge out of the first round of action in the qualifying bracket. Freshmen Steven Johnson and Mateusz Kecki were both tripped up in the opening round, as was junior Jason McNaughton. Moving into the consolation bracket of qualifying singles, Johnson and McNaughton grabbed wins on the second day of action. Johnson took down Tulsa's Marko Bolik 6-2, 7-5, while McNaughton cruised past another Tulsa opponent, James Seagraves, with a 6-2, 6-2 decision.
Meanwhile, Magdas was working his way out to a third straight win in qualifying. The senior followed up his 6-4, 6-4 win over BYU's Thomas Shubert on Day One with a comeback victory over SMU's Robin Faghen, tacking up a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory to move within a match of the main draw. That's where Magdas went up against Duke's Kiril Dimitrov and took him down with a 6-4, 6-1 win that propels Magdas into tomorrow's main draw.
In qualifying doubles play, Magdas teamed up with freshman Kecki, but the pair fell in the first round with an 8-4 loss to NC State's Weinacker/Welte.
Main draw competition kicks off in Tulsa next. Trojans Jaak Poldma, Robert Farah and Gary Sacks are all tabbed to main draw action in singles, , while Farah will team with Steven Johnson for main draw doubles play this week.
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D'Novo/ITA Men's All-American Championships
First Round - Oct. 6
Jay Weinacker (NCSt) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 6-3, 6-4
Victor Kolik (Tulsa) def. Steven Johnson (USC) - 7-5, 6-4
Nicolas Delgado (VaTech) def. Mateusz Kecki (USC) - 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4
Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. Thomas Shubert (BYU) - 6-4, 6-4
Second Round - Oct. 7
Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. (15) Robin Faghen (SMU) - 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Final Round - Oct. 8
Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) - 6-4, 6-1
QUALIFYING CONSOLATION SINGLES
First Round - Oct. 7
Steven Johnson (USC) def. Marko Bolik (Tulsa) - 6-2, 7-5
Vijay Paul (VAN) def. Mateusz Kecki (USC) - 7-6 (4), 6-2
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. James Seagraves (Tulsa) - 6-2, 6-2
First Round - Oct. 7
Kecki/Magdas (USC) def. Weinacker/Welte (NCSt) - 8-4