Gabor Zoltan Pelva
On Friday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, Pelva will try to reach the quarter-finals when he faces Stanford's Sam Warburg, the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year and the number eight seed. He took a 6-0, 6-2 win over TCU's Alex Menichini to reach the round of 16.
Pelva rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the first set and dominated play the rest of the way. "Gabor played a little better today than he had played in the first round," said AU coach Eric Shore. "He was a little more comfortable with the surrounding and conditions. He continues to hit the ball exceptionally well.
"We are just taking each match one point at a time," Shore added. "We will see what happens tomorrow in the round of 16 against a very good player from Stanford."
Pelva becomes the 16th men's tennis player in AU history to earn All-America status in singles or doubles and 12th during Shore's tenure at AU.
On Wednesday to open play in the 64-player draw, Pelva defeated New Mexico's Divan Coetzee 6-4, 6-2.