One Up, One Down At NCAA Tournament

College Station, Tex.--Auburn senior Gabor Zoltan Pelva's singles season ended Thursday in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship tournament, but he and his partner Alex Schweizer advanced in the doubles event with a victory.

After an opening round win on Wednesday, Pelva couldn't advance into the round of 16 as he fell 6-4, 6-2 to unseeded Ken Anderson of Illinois, the nation's 51st ranked player. Pelva is ranked 38th.

The Auburn doubles team was a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 winner vs. Louisiana-Lafayette's Evgheni Corduneanu and Amanjot Singh. Pelva and Schweizer will now try to upset the No. 3 seeded team, Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga of Baylor, in a Friday match.

A year ago, Pelva advanced all the way into the singles semi-finals of the 64-player tournament, but didn't have a good day, according to AU coach Eric Shore. "Give credit to Kevin Anderson, but Gabor didn't play well," Shore said. "Gabor didn't serve or return that well, but that shouldn't overshadow what he has done for our program over the years."

Commenting on the doubles match, Shore said, "We were up 6-4, 4-1, in the second and playing extremely well, but Louisiana-Lafayette picked up the level of play and we found ourselves down a break, 3-1, in the third. In response, we had to raise our level, which we did. We hung in there and battled today after being down in the third and we managed to pull it out.

"Baylor's team is very good," Shore added. "We will have to play great match if we are going to have a chance. I think we can beat them, but we are going to have to grind it out."

In the team competition last week, Auburn defeated Middle Tennessee to reach the round of 32, but fell to Ole Miss to close the team portion of the season.


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