Clayton Pushes On, In NCAA Singles Championships Round of 16

May 21, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Stanford sophomore No. 21 Alex Clayton's campaign in the NCAA Men's Singles Championships lives on, as the Fort Lauderdale native upset the No. 3 player in the country, Ohio State's Bryan Koniecko, today at Texas A&M.

Clayton nearly defeated the Buckeyes' top player in two sets, taking the first by three games and narrowly falling in a second-set tiebreaker 7-5. Clayton stormed the court in the third however, trouncing Koniecko six games to one in the third to advance to the Round of 16.

'I feel great,' said Clayton. 'I beat [him] last year at NCAAs in Tulsa, so I felt good going into the match. I knew it would be tough. He's always a tough competitor and I feel really good about advancing. I have been injured for a while, so I feel really confident coming back and doing well in this tournament. I served better [today] than yesterday. I haven't played a lot of matches recently, so I am getting better every day.'

Clayton will now play Georgia's top player, No. 12 Nate Schnugg who defeated No. 39 Dennis Nevolo of Illinois 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CT. Times for both singles and doubles will not be available until after the completion of the opening round of doubles later today.

Clayton and Schnugg have met one other time this season, at the ITA National Team Indoors, with Schnugg taking the match 7-5, 6-4 and the Bulldogs earning a 4-2 victory over the Cardinal.