Skupski Begins NCAA Singles Play Against UVA's Rylan Rizza

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Skupski Begins NCAA Singles Play Against UVA's Rylan Rizza

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Ken Skupski of the LSU men’s tennis team begins play in the singles portion of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday when he faces Rylan Rizza of Virginia at 10 a.m. at Texas A&M’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Skupski, currently ranked No. 36 by the ITA, notched a 24-13 overall record this season, including going 12-6 versus ranked opponents.

Ryland ranks at No. 33 in the country. He is 30-8 overall this season and 16-3 in dual matches.

“Ken has the opportunity to finish on a very high note and use it as a springboard to next year,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “He’s hoping to play very well and finish ranked as high as possible.”

Skupski also will begin competition in the doubles portion of the tournament slated to begin Thursday. He and partner Mark Growcott, ranked 6th in the country as a duo, are a No. 5-8 seed and will face No. 22-ranked Brett Joelson and Ante Matijevic of Texas A&M on their home courts.

The Tigers pair are 30-9 on the season and 12-7 against ranked opponents. Their Aggie counterparts compiled a 16-5 record this year, but only lost one match at home all season while winning 10.

“Ken and Mark have that same great opportunity in doubles,” Brown commented. “They’ve had such a great year and would really like to be National Champions. This experience will be great for both of them and will give them the edge to be able to help the team next year.”

SINGLES ROUND OF 64 SCHEDULE

2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

ITA rankings in parentheses.
Seeded players in bold, with seeds in brackets.
All times Central and Subject to Change

10:00 AM
(#63) Marek Velicka, Oklahoma vs. (#51) Kevin Anderson, Illinois
(#58) Jakub Praibis, Indiana vs. (#72) Stephane Rod, Virginia Tech
(#16) Franticek Babej [9-16], South Alabama vs. (#31) Avery Ticer, Minnesota
(#3) Jesse Witten [3], Kentucky vs. (#20) Radek Nijaki, Texas Tech
(#86) Adil Shamasdin, Brown vs. (#12) Doug Stewart, Virginia
(#28) Mark Van Elden, Oklahoma State vs. (#21) John Isner, Georgia
(#30) Somdev Devvarman, Virginia vs. (#41) Robert Searle, Rice
(#54) Mark Dietrich, Tennessee vs. (#8) Ryler DeHeart [7], Illinois
(#62) Rohan Gajjar, Arkansas vs. (#26) Mat Cloer, Florida State
(#45) Bojan Szumanski, Texas Tech vs. (#22) Jose Muguruza, Georgia Tech
(#36) Ken Skupski, LSU vs. (#33) Rylan Rizza, Virginia
(#48) Callum Beale, Texas vs. (#5) Ludovic Walter [5], Duke

11:00 AM
(#19) Jamil Al-Agba, Southern California vs. (#27) Nathan Thompson, Clemson
(#15) KC Corkery [9-16], Stanford vs. (#38) Gabor Zoltan, Auburn
(#6) Alex Vlaski [8], Washington vs. (#49) Greg Ouellette, Florida
(#74) Henner Nehles, UNLV vs. (#39) Scott Brown, Vanderbilt

11:30 AM
(#13) Conor Niland [9-16], California vs. (#47) Derrick Spice, Wake Forest
(#32) Jonathan Chu, Harvard vs. (#25) Pedro Rico, Pepperdine
(#44) Alex Slovic, Washington vs. (#4) Catalin Gard [4], Ole Miss
(#46) Luke Shields, Boise State vs. (#23) GD Jones, Illinois

12:00 PM
(#14) Jerry Makowski [9-16], Texas A&M vs. (#40) Devin Mullings, Ohio State
(#17) Arnaud Lecloerec, VCU vs. (#91) Adam Holmstrom, Denver
(#34) Scott Doerner, Pepperdine vs. (#24) Hamid Mirzadeh, Florida
(#37) Izak van der Merwe, Old Dominion vs. (#1) Sam Warburg [2], Stanford

12:30 PM
(#50) Lars Poerschke, Baylor vs. (#56) Roger Matalonga, Arizona
(#57) Raian Luchici, North Carolina vs. (#10) Pierrik Ysern [9-16], San Diego
(#90) Tomas Bohunicky, Oklahoma State vs. (#9) Sven Swinnen [9-16], Oregon
(#67) Shannon Buck, Air Force vs. (#42) Josh Cohen, Miami

1:00 PM
(#2) Benedikt Dorsch [1], Baylor vs. (#80) Mark Barry, Penn State
(#7) Luben Pampoulov [6], UCLA vs. (#66) Travis Helgeson, Texas
(#35) Tim Eklund, South Carolina vs. (#11) Benjamin Kohlloeffel [9-16], UCLA
(#52) Jeff Kader, William & Mary vs. (#18) Benjamin Becker [9-16], Baylor

DOUBLES ROUND OF 32 SCHEDULE

2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

ITA rankings in parentheses.
Seeded players in bold, with seeds in brackets.

not before 1 p.m.
(#23) Geraldo Knorr/Pedro Rodrigues, South Carolina vs. (#11) Thomas Schoeck/Luke Shields, Boise State
(#22) Brett Joelson/Ante Matijevic, Texas A&M vs. (#6) Mark Growcott/Ken Skupski [5-8], LSU
(#12) Scott Brown/Jason Pinsky, Vanderbilt vs. (#47) Phil Charm/Adil Shamasdin, Brown
(#45) Marco Born/Andreas Siljestrom, Middle Tennessee vs. (#5) Scott Green/Ross Wilson [4], Ohio State
(#10) Ryler DeHeart/GD Jones, Illinois vs. (#19) Alberto Francis/Kris Kwinta, UCLA
(#20) Roger Matalonga/Colin O’Grady, Arizona vs. (#8) Hamid Mirzadeh/Greg Ouellette [5-8], Florida
(#18) Daniel Chu/Alex Slovic, Washington vs. (#29) Luiz Carvalho/Jose-Carlos Pinto, Mississippi State
(#55) Daniel Byrnes/Mark Van Elden, Oklahoma State vs. (#2) KC Corkery/Sam Warburg [2], Stanford
(#1) John Isner/Antonio Ruiz [1], Georgia vs. (#14) David Kowalski/Ryan Stotland, New Mexico
(#15) Patrick Briaud/Conor Niland, California vs. (#31) Rojan Gajjar/Adrians Zguns, Arkansas
(#7) Scott Doerner/Pedro Rico [5-8], Pepperdine vs. (#27) Dmitriy Koch/Albert Sottocorno, Tulane
(#34) Zach Ganger/Miron Mann, Utah vs. (#38) Marko Rajevac/David North, Georgia Tech
(#2) Benedikt Dorsch/Matija Zgaga [3], Baylor vs. (#21) Nick Meythaler/Rylan Rizza, Virginia
(#16) Alex Schweizer/Gabor Zoltan, Auburn vs. (#25) Evghenii Corduneanu/Amanjot Singh, UL-Lafayette
(#9) Ockie Oosthuizen/Ben Rogers [5-8], Tennessee vs. (#30) Jonathan Chu/Ashwin Kumar, Harvard
(#36) Niels Buksik/Sandy Farquharson, Texas-Arlington vs. (#35) Jamil Al-Agba/Johan Berg, Southern California