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Men's Tennis advaces to semifinals with 5-3 win over Wingate

ROCK HILL, SC -- The No. 5 seed Catawba College Indians pulled off the first upset of the tournament as they defeated the No. 4 seed Wingate University Bulldogs 5-3 in the first round of the 2004 Food Lion/South Atlantic Conference Men's Tennis Championships held at the Memorial Courts on the campus of Winthrop University Thursday afternoon. Wingate took an early 2-0 lead in doubles as senior Brandon Richardson (Statesville, NC) and junior Kotaro Noguchi (Miyazaki-si, Miyazaki-ken, Japan) defeated Catawba's junior duo of Eric Noll (Monmouth Junction, NJ) and Alvin Owusu (Power Springs, GA) 8-6 at #2 doubles and senior Marius Dan (Hunedoara, Romania) and junior Jacobo Uribe (Medelin, Columbia) defeated CC's sophomore Geoff Fouad (Missouri City, TX) and freshman Drew Ramsey (Raleigh, NC) 9-7 at #3 doubles. Catawba won at #1 doubles as their freshmen duo of Jose Valezquez (Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic) and David Argente (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) defeated sophomore Joe Kanekar (Maharashtra, India) and junior Chase Carman (Waterford, MI) in a thrilling 9-7 tiebreaker (9-8). In singles, Wingate pulled ahead 3-1 after Uribe defeated Noll 6-3, 6-2 at #3 singles. The Indians fought back to even the score at 3-3 after Valezquez defeated Kanekar 7-5, 6-3 at #1 singles and sophomore Andrew Sufficool (Brooksville, FL) defeated freshman Joe Van Cavage (Fort Myers, FL) 6-1, 6-3 at #6 singles. Catawba took their first lead at 4-3 when Fouad defeated WU's junior Robbie Rowe (Huntington, WV) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (5) at #5 singles. The Indians won the match on Argente's 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over WU's Dan at #2 singles. Catawba (10-13) advances to the semifinals tomorrow where they will face No. 1 seed Presbyterian College at 12 noon. Wingate falls to 9-10 on the season. MATCH SUMMARY CATAWBA 5, WINGATE 3 SINGLES #1 Jose Valesquez (C) d. Joe Kanekar 7-5, 6-3 #2 Marius Dan (W) d. David Argente 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 #3 Jacobo Uribe (W) d. Eric Noll 6-3, 6-2 #4 Alvin Owusu (C) vs. Kotaro Noguchi (W) DNF #5 Geoff Fouad (C) d. Robbie Rowe 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(7-5) #6 Andrew Sufficool (C) d. Joe Van Cavage 6-1, 6-3 DOUBLES #1 Valesquez/Argente (C) d. Kanekar/Chase 9-8 (9-7) #2 Brandon Richardson/Noguchi (W) d. Noll/Owusu 8-6 #3 Dan/Uribe (W) d. Fouad/Drew Ramsey 9-7 RECORDS: Catawba 10-13; Wingate 9-10 #####

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