May 10, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.– The 62nd-ranked South Alabama men’s tennis team upset No. 21 Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, May 10 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Jaguars won a marathon doubles match to clinch the doubles point and closed out the match in a dramatic third-set performance by No. 107 Marek Sramek.
South Alabama and the Crimson Tide split the first two double matches with Alabama’s Sammy Struyf and Javier Bes defeating the Jaguars’ Aaron Krisan and Michael O’Brien 8-3 and USA’s Jack Baker and R.J. Nagel upsetting the No. 19-ranked doubles team in the country from Alabama Mathieu Thibaudeau and Daniel Buikema 8-5. That left R.J. Hodel and Marek Sramek from South Alabama and Sakeeth Myneni and Andrew Felsenthal from Alabama on court two to decide the match. After one hour and fifty minutes of play Hodel and Sramek broke Myneni at 8-7 to take the match and the doubles point.
In singles action the Crimson Tide quickly tied the match at one when Michael Jung defeated O’Brien on court six 6-0, 6-0. The Jaguars re-took the lead on court number one after No. 34-ranked Baker defeated No. 88-ranked Myneni in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. South Alabama extended its lead on the strength of Nagel’s victory on court four against Buikema 6-4, 6-3.
Alabama fought back on court five with Bes defeating Krisan in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. The Crimson Tide knotted the score at three on court two after 99th-ranked Thibaudeau came back after losing the first set to defeat Hodel 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. That left Alabama’s Struyf and South Alabama’s Sramek on court three to decide the match. Struyf won the first set 6-4, but Sramek came back to take the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6(2). In the third and deciding set Sramek broke Struyf in the first game and never looked back clinching the match for South Alabama 6-2.
South Alabama will face Florida State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles defeated the Jaguars 6-1 earlier in the season. The gates will open an hour before play begins. Daily admission to Scott Speicher Center is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Concessions will be available upstairs, which means patrons will not be allowed to bring their own food and beverages into the stands.
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