Auburn's Pelva Advances To NCAA Round Of 16

Auburn's top player looks to advance to the quarter-finals on Friday.

Tulsa, Okla.--Gabor Zoltan Pelva took a straight sets victory on Thursday to advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship.

The All-SEC junior from Auburn, who was unseeded for the tournament, defeated #9-16 seed Doug Stewart of Virginia 6-3, 6-2. By making the round of 16 Pelva becomes a 2004 All-American.

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.

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