Rutka Advances at Rainy ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Junior Sebastian Rutka was the only LSU men’s tennis player to complete his first-round match in the pre-qualifying round of the ITA All-American Championship on Friday, as the team did not arrive until late in the morning and play was delayed due to rain.
Five other Tigers will play first-round matches on Saturday, while three LSU doubles teams will attempt to advance in the first round of the 128-team draw.
Rutka defeated Ball State’s Matt Laramore, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2, and will meet Manuel Lievano of Minnesota in the second round on Saturday. Lievano beat Wichita State’s Carlo Contente in the first round, 6-1, 6-3.
ITA All-American Championship Pre-Qualifying
Singles First Round (256 draw)
Sebastian Rutka (LSU) def. Matt Laramore (Ball State), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2
Brandon Nicholson (LSU) vs. Jason Gould (Baylor), delayed until Saturday
Jason Hazley (LSU) vs. Ravishankar Pathanjali (William & Mary), delayed until Saturday
Cory Ross (LSU) vs. Jakub Ilowski (UL-Lafayette), delayed until Saturday
Rafael Corazza (LSU) vs. Alex Anselme (UC-Santa Barbara), delayed until Saturday
Peter Richman (LSU) vs. Alex Conti (Wisconsin), delayed until Saturday
Singles Second Round
Sebastian Rutka (LSU) vs. Manuel Lievano (Minnesota)
Doubles First Round (128 draw)
Bryan Fisher/Peter Richman (LSU) vs. Jeff Guerry/Andrew Rogers (Furman)
Jason Hazley/Brandon Nicholson (LSU) vs. Ben Archer-Clowes/Mark Roberts (New Mexico State)
Cory Ross/Sebastian Rutka (LSU) vs. Chris Henderson/Allen Simmons (Furman)