Arias Advances to ITA Pre-Qualifying Final Round

by Palmer Black
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Arias Advances to ITA Pre-Qualifying Final Round

TULSA, Okla. – LSU sophomore Boris Arias secured a spot in the fourth round of pre-qualifying on day two of the 2013 ITA All-American Championships hosted by the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Boris Arias raised his level today and showed he developed parts of his game since May,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “Harrison Kennedy played at a high level today and was much improved from last week. Tam Trinh fought back for a win after a tough opener.”

Arias advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-1, win over Nils Schuhmann of Hawaii-Manoa. Later in the day, sophomore Kennedy came out with a 6-1, 6-0, victory over Texas A&M’s Max Montague.

Freshman Justin Butsch fell to Kieren Thompson of Arizona 6-3, 6-3. Redshirt freshman John Michael Busch had the same fate as he fell 6-0, 6-3 to South Carolina’s Andrew Schafer. Transfer Andrew Korinek also suffered a defeat, losing 6-1, 6-3 to Sven Lalic of Indiana.

To start off the third round, Kennedy squared off against Dusty Boyer of Nebraska. After dropping a tightly-contested first set in a tiebreaker, 7-4, Boyer finished off the match with a 6-1 win in the second set to take the match 7-6 (4), 6-1.

Arias faced a tough matchup against Ohio State’s Kevin Metka. After dropping the first set 6-3, Arias battled back and took the second set 6-4. In a decisive third set, Arias emerged victorious 6-4 to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. He advanced to the fourth round and will face Austin Siegel of Oklahoma on Monday at 8 a.m. CT.

Should Arias defeat Siegel, he will advance to the 128-man Qualifying draw which begins Monday as well.

Two Tigers were victorious in bonus matches. Trinh dealt a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5, loss to D.J. McCall of Duke, and Eric Perez defeated San Diego State’s Freddy Gelbrich 6-4, 6-4.

Follow the ITA on Twitter, @ITAtennis, for updates and news from Tulsa or search for the hashtag #TulsaITA to find other tweets from those tweeting the events from the ITA Men’s All-American Championships. Check out the ITA Facebook page or the 2013 All-American Championships webpage for more updates.

For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s team on Twitter @lsutennis and follow head coach Jeff Brown @LSUCoachJBrown and on Facebook at

2013 ITA All-American Championships
Pre-Qualifying Singles
Day Two

Second Round
Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Max Montague (Texas A&M) 6-1, 6-0
Kieren Thompson (Arizona) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
Sven Lalic (Indiana) def. Andrew Korinek (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
Andrew Schafer (South Carolina) def. John Michael Busch (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
Boris Arias (LSU) def. Nils Schuhmann (Hawaii-Manoa) 7-5, 6-1

Third Round
Dusty Boyer (Nebraska) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
Boris Arias (LSU) def. Kevin Metka (Ohio State) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Bonus Matches
Tam Trinh (LSU) def. D.J. McCall (Duke) 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5
Eric Perez (LSU) def. Freddy Gelbrich (San Diego State) 6-4, 6-4

2013 ITA All-American Championships
Pre-Qualifying Singles

Day Three Schedule
Fourth Round

Boris Arias (LSU) vs. Austin Siegel (Oklahoma) – 8 a.m. CT

Qualifying Singles (if nec.)
First Round opponent TBD. Time not before 12:30 p.m. (see related links for draw)