Tiger Junior Upsets Stanford Star In NCAA Tennis

Auburn's number one player has advanced to the quarter-finals in singles at the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.

Tulsa, Okla.--Auburn's Gabor Zoltan Pelva upset eighth-seed Sam Warburg on Stanford on Friday to advance into the quarter-finals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship.

The unseeded junior won in straight sets as he did in his first two NCAA matches, taking out the Pac 10 Conference Player of the Year 6-3, 7-6 to set up a rematch with Chad Harris of Vanderbilt on Saturday. Pelva won a regular season meeting earlier this year.

"Gabor had to deal with a lot of different conditions today," Auburn coach Eric Shore said. "It was hot, humid and no wind, but he handled it well and pulled out the tie-breaker in the second set. Again, he is just going at it one match at a time and this one will be with a very familiar opponent tomorrow."

Pelva has a 2-0 record vs. Harris, including a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory this season. They will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the winner advancing to the semi-finals to face either Benjamin Becker of Baylor or Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida.

On Wednesday to open play in the 64-player draw, Pelva defeated New Mexico's Divan Coetzee 6-4, 6-2. In round two on Thursday, Pelva took a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Doug Stewart of Virginia.


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