Tachibana, Fowler Advance at ITA Regional

Isama Tachibana advanced to the Round of 32 singles and also teamed with Jonathan Chang to advance in doubles play at the ITA Regional taking place at Texas A&M.

Oct. 21, 2011

ITA Regional Draws and Results Link

COLLEGE STATION - Rice University's Isamu Tachibana and Harry Fowler have both advanced to the Round of 32 at the ITA Regional being hosted this week by Texas A&M.

Tachibana opened play with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lamar's Dusan Savkovic and will take on Baylor's Lars Behlen, seeded No. 9 at the tournament, on Saturday.

Fowler opened play with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Texas Tech's Gabriel Wanderley and will face SMU's Pablo Perez on Saturday.

Michael Nusslein and Jonathan Chang also grabbed opening round wins on Friday.

After an opening-round loss, Leif Berger will play in the consolation draw Saturday morning. Berger will play the winner of a match between Lamar's Rob Lee and TCU's Blake Wiggins.

Also, in a 32-player consolation draw which begins Saturday morning, Rice's Phillip Seifert, Andy Wang, Peter Frank, Jonathan Chang and Sam Garforth-Bles will all compete.

Seifert will play Baylor's Robert Verzaal. Wang faces Lamar's Carlos Valdenebro. Frank squares off with Texas A&M's Beau Blackshear. Chang plays UTA's Jason Lateko. Garforth-Bles continues play against Texas' Alex Hilliard.

In doubles play, Fowler and Nusslein teamed for an 8-5 win over the No. 5 seeds at the regional, Baylor's Behlan and Luis Grangeiro. Up next for Fowler and Nusslein is Texas A&M's Jeremy Efferding and Colin Hoover on Saturday afternoon.

Chang and Tachibana posted a 9-8 (6) win over SMU's Tobias Flood and Joe Hattrup to advance to the Round of 16. Up next for the Rice tandem is Texas' Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead on Saturday.





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