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Pair of Monarchs Advance To Round Of 16 At ITA Mideast Regional

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 20, 2006
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A pair of Monarch singles entries, No. 18 sophomore Harel Srugo (Kibutz Gazit, Israel) and senior Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) advanced to the Round of 16 at the ITA Mideast Regional held on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

No. 18 Srugo, seeded second at the tournament, earned two wins in straight sets. He opened play with a Round of 16 win over Scott Blackmon of Georgia Tech, 6-4, 6-1, and defeated Virginia Commonwealth's Alex Israel, 6-1, 6-4, in the Round of 32. Srugo's Round of 16 opponent will be Pedro Campos of South Carolina.

Cancado defeated Marius Adamaski of Wake Forest, 7-6 (5), 6-2, in his Round of 64 appearance and went on to score a huge victory in the Round of 32. In his second match of the day, Cancado defeated No. 27 and fourth seeded Ytai Abougzir of Florida State, 6-4, 6-3. Cancado will take on Chris Kearney of host North Carolina in the Round of 16.

No. 78 Eidy Igarashi was also in the main draw singles bracket but ended his run after two rounds. The sophomore Monarch edged out Alin Zorila-Ditoni of Hampton Roads rival Hampton in the Round of 64 but was upset 6-2, 6-4 by David North of Georgia Tech in the Round of 32.

The Monarch doubles entry of No. 52 Srugo and Cancado also concluded play. The Monarch duo, seeded second opened action blanking Tristan Heinrich and Will Plyler of host North Carolina, 8-0, in the Round of 64, but then were upset 8-5 to Duke's Kiril Dimitrov and Ned Samuelson in the Round of 32. The singles finalists and doubles champion from this event will earn spots in the November 2-5 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships hosted by The Ohio State University at the Racquet Club of Columbus.

Eighteen Wilson/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men and women are taking place over these last two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country.

The 2006 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament, is the second of three national championship events for college tennis this season. The first events - the Riviera/ITA Women's and Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Championships - were held earlier this month, and the third event is season-ending NCAA Championships in May. The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from these Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country, the ITA National Small College champions, top performers from the ITA All-American Championships and at-large card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 7,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the ITA Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

SINGLES:
Round of 64 No. 18 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. Scott Blackmon (Ga. Tech): 6-4, 6-1
No. 78 Eidy Igarashi (ODU) def. Alin Zorila-Ditoni (Hampton): no score available
Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Marius Adamaski (WFU): 7-6(5), 6-2

Round of 32:
No. 18 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. Alex Israel (VCU): 6-1, 6-4
Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. No. 27 Ytai Abougzir (FSU): 6-4, 6-3
David North (Ga. Tech) def. No. 78 Eidy Igarashi (ODU): 6-2, 6-4

DOUBLES:
Round of 64
No. 52 Harel Srugo/Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Tristan Heinrich/Will Plyler (UNC): 8-0

Round of 32
Kiril Dimitrov/Ned Samuelson (Duke) def. No. 52 Harel Srugo/Henrique Cancado (ODU): 8-5

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