Skupski Rolls Past Ranked Opponents at ITA Regional
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — LSU’s Ken Skupski downed two nationally ranked opponents Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Regional Championships. Skupski and partner Bryan Fisher also moved to the doubles quarterfinals with a 9-8 win over Zach Dailey and Lewis Smith of Vanderbilt.
Skupski, a first-year Tiger, beat Ole Miss’s 19th-ranked Paul Ciorascu in his first match, 7-5, 6-4. It was Skupski’s second win over a top-20 opponent this fall. Later in the day he beat No. 73 Scott Brown of Vanderbilt, 6-2, 6-1.
“Ken has beaten four ranked opponents this season,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “He is looking really good right now for a top 40 ranking in the spring.”
Jason Hazley also met a ranked opponent but could not conquer Ole Miss’ #97 Claes Lindholm. Lindholm won, 6-4, 6-3.
Fisher and Hazley were competing for the first time together. They play Mississippi State’s 47th-ranked duo of Romain Ambert and Florent Girod in the quarterfinals.
Skupski will not get a break tomorrow against the nation’s second-ranked player, Bo Hodge of Georgia in the quarterfinals.
ITA Region III Championships
Round of 32
(17-24) Ken Skupski (LSU) def. (6) #19 Paul Ciorascu (Ole Miss), 7-5, 6-4
(9) #97 Claes Lindholm (Ole Miss) def. (25-32) Jason Hazley (LSU), 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16
(17-24) Ken Skupski (LSU) def. (9-16) #73 Scott Brown (Vanderbilt), 6-2, 6-1
(17-24) Ken Skupski (LSU) vs. (1) Bo Hodge (Georgia), 9:30 a.m.
Round of 32
(3) Fisher/Skupski (LSU) def. Gonzales/Ormaza (Georgia), 8-0
Tournament seed and team in parenthesis
# — indicates ITA Pre-season National Rankings