AU Senior Earns First Round Victory In NCAA Tennis

College Station, Tex.--Auburn senior Gabor Zoltan Pelva, who made a strong run at the NCAA Men's Championship singles title a year ago as an unseeded player, is off to a good start in trying to repeat that result in 2005.

Playing in the first round of the tournament at Texas A&M on Wednesday, Pelva rallied from an early deficit to take a 7-6, 6-3 upset victory over K.C. Corkery of Stanford, who is ranked 15th nationally. Pelva, a semi-finalist last year, is ranked 38th.

Next up for Auburn's No. 1 player is a match vs. Kevin Anderson of Illinois on Thursday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center at Texas A&M. With his victory, Pelva moves into the second round to face Kevin Anderson of Illinois on Thursday.

"It was a good win for Gabor," says Auburn Coach Eric Shore. "He played very well and I am really happy for him. Tomorrow's match is going to be tough as everyone in this tournament is good. He's going to have to battle again tomorrow to advance."

Pelva and his Auburn doubles partner Alex Schweizer will play Evghenni Corduneanu and Amanjot Singh of Louisiana-Lafayette in a match scheduled for Thursday afternoon. It will be there opening match in the tournament.

Down a service break in singles, Pelva rallied from a 3-5 deficit in the first set to win in a tiebreaker with temperatures in the 90s on Wednesday afternoon. He has less trouble with his opponent in the second set.

Pelva's round two opponent,Anderson, is ranked 51th nationally. He defeated No. 63 Mare Velicka of Oklahoma 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday.


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