Van Der Merwe Halts Play In Semifinal Of ITA National Indoor Championships

November 06, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 6, 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Izak van der Merwe's (Kempton Park, South Africa) run at the ITA National Indoor Championships ended in the semifinal with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 loss to Ryler DeHeart of Illinois.

Van der Merwe, ranked 9th nationally in the ITA Preseason Poll, picked up an opening round victory over Brian Hung of host Michigan on Thursday. The Kempton Park, South Africa native earned a 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 victory. On Friday, Van der Merwe outlasted Harvard's Martin Wetzel, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in second round action. In the quarterfinals, the Monarch senior used three sets to down Duke's Ludovic Walter, 7-6(10), 3-5, 6-3. Walter was coming off an upset victory against the tournament's top seed, Catalin Gard of Mississippi, earning a 7-5, 6-1, second round win.

DeHeart, who marches on to the finals, upset fourth seeded Pedro Rico of Pepperdine in his second round match-up, 7-6(3), 6-4, and defeated Old Dominion CAA rival, Arnaud Lecloerec of Virginia Commonwealth, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(5), to reach the semifinals against van der Merwe.