Four men advance to the Sweet 16 in NCAA singles tennis championships
It was another rainy day in Urbana, Illinois as the University of Illinois continues to host a wet championship.
But perhaps that's behooved Kyle McMorrow of Washington who is maybe accustomed to a rainier climate after playing his home schedule in Seattle. Whatever the case, the senior advanced Thursday, defeating Jonas Lutjen of Mississippi. Lutjen took the first set, 6-2, before McMorrow hit his stride, winning the second set and then the decisive third, 6-4 and 6-3. He'll next play Henrique Cunha, the eight seed from Duke.
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Also advancing through the storm were USC teammates Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann. Sarmiento will next play #3 Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia who has yet to drop a set in the tournament, while Hanfmann takes the court against Andreas Mies of Auburn.
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The fourth Pac-12 representative to advance into the round of 16 was UCLA's Marcos Giron. The sophomore defeated Michael Redlicki of Duke, 7-5, 6-3, and will next face Søren Hess-Olesen of Texas.
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Not moving on was Dennis Novikov of UCLA and Roberto Quiroz of USC. Novikov battled Ohio State's #7 seed Peter Kobelt hard through two sets, taking the first in a tie-breaker and dropping the second in a tie-breaker as well. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough gas in the tank as Kobelt rolled through the final set, 6-1. As for Quiroz, his season ends in defeat to South Carolina's Tsvetan Mihov in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Sweet Sixteen play gets under way Thursday morning.