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  • 2018-19 Shocker Men's Tennis

    Six Shockers Set to Compete at ITA All-Americans

    Shocker Seniors Andrea Caligiana (Italy) and Eddie Stoica (New Zealand) along with Junior Murkel Delien (Bolivia) and Freshman Orel Ovil (Israiel) are amont the 256 players competing today in the ITA All-American pre-qualifying with the Top 16 pre-qualifers advancing to the qualifying rounds.

    Shocker Seniro Haru Inoue (Japan) and Junior Marius Frosa (Romania) have already been selected for qualifying singles.

    Prequalifying Singles (256 players)
    256 automatic, at-large and wild card selections
    Final 16 advance to Qualifying

    Qualifying Singles (128 players)
    112 automatic, at-large and wild card selections
    16 players from prequalifying tournament
    Players must win 3 rounds to advance to Main Draw (Final 16)

    Main Draw Singles (64 players)
    48 automatic, at-large and wild card selections
    16 players from the Qualifying tournament

    So singles play starts with a field of 416 players

    Pre-Qualifying - Round 1:
    Murkel Delien defeats Patrick Harper, Tennessee 6-3, 6-1
    Eddie Stoica defeats Anu Kodali, North Carolina 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
    Andrea Caligiana defeats George Hedley, Louisville 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
    Orel Orvil loses his Shocker debut to Diego Finkelstein, Georgia Southern 3-6, 2-6

    Pre-Qualifying - Round 2:
    Murkel Dellien defeats Nick Borchenko, Loyla Marymount 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
    Andrea Caligiana defeaats Barnabas Koncz, Oral Roberts 6-3, 6-2
    Eddie Stoica defeats Tom Kruse (UMKC), 6-3, 7-5

    Not a bad day for the Shocks winning 6 out of 7. Murkel, Andrea and Eddie will each need to win 2 more matches tomorrow to advance to the qualifying singles.

    Third round action begins tomorrow morning with time TBD. Stoica takes on Hunter Tubert of Ohio State. Dellien faces the winner of Ryan Mueller of Wake Forest and Niklas Gerdes of Chattanooga. Caligiana takes on the winner of Collin Markes of Texas and Hugo Piles of Nebraska-Omaha.
    Last edited by 1972Shocker; September 30th, 2018, 12:29 AM.

  • #2
    Day 2 of Pre-Qualifying play did go as well for the Shocks:

    Pre-Qualifying - Round 3:

    Eddie Stoica defeats Hunter Tubert, Ohio State 6-1, 7-5
    Andrea Caligiana loses to Collin Markes, Texas 2-6, 3-6
    Murkel Delien loses to Matthew Terry, Cleveland State 6-2, 5-7, 5-7

    Pre-Qualifying - Round 4:
    Eddie Stoica loses to Ryan Pandole, Columbia 4-6, 2-6 - Pandole moves on to the Qualifying singles.

    Qualifying begins tomorrow at the ITA All-Americans, with Haru Inoue and Marius Frosa from WSU receiving bids.


    • #3
      Haru Inoue and Marius Frosa both lose iin their 1st match of the qualifying singles..

      Haru loses to Richard Ciamarra, Notre Dame 0-6, 3-6
      Marius loses to Malik Bhatnagar, LSU 4-6, 5-7


      • #4
        Nice piece on Shocker 22-year old freshman from Israel, Orel Ovil: RH: From Israel to Wichita for Tennis


        • #5
          ITA Central Regional - Tulsa

          Shocker results from Thursday, October 18th (5-3 in Singles; 0-1 in Doubles)

          Shocker results from Friday, October 19th (1-3 in Singles; 0-2 in Doubles) Only winner was Jr. Murkel Dellien who picked up a very nice win over #34 Ferran Calvo of Oklahoma to move into the round of 16.

          Shocker results from Saturday, October 20th ( Murkel picks up 2 more wins to become 1st Shocker since Phil Cooper to make it to the semi-finals in this event; in Extra Matches Shocks go 6-5).

          Shocker results from Sunday, October 21st (Murkel loses in 3 sets to Iowa's Kareem Allaf in the semi-finals. Very nice tournament for Murkel)
          Last edited by 1972Shocker; October 21st, 2018, 10:30 PM.


          • 1972Shocker
            1972Shocker commented
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            Moved to comment on Kung Wu post below.

        • #6
          Dang, nice!
          Kung Wu say: "If Chuck Norris had a coach, his name would be Gregg Marshall."


          • 1972Shocker
            1972Shocker commented
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            Thursday was pretty decent. Friday not so much. Nice win for Murkel on Friday even though it did involve a default at by his opponent at 5-5 in Set 2. Murkel won set 1 by 6-3.

        • #7
          Shockers Complete ITF Futures to Wrap up Fall Slate


          • #8
            Bryan Lands Four on National Signing Day

            An interesting Class of 2019 4-man recruiting class for Coach Bryan if for not other reason than it has more of a home country flavor than seems to be the norm in college tennis these days.

            Zach Grueber out of Columbia, MO and Alex Richards out of Tulsa, OK appear to be home-grown products. Twin brothers Bruno and Rafael Serra come to Wichita State from Blue Valley West HS in Overland Park although they appear to be imports from Brazil. Shockers Add Latinovic for Spring Season

            Coach Bryan is also adding a 6'6" Serbian, Stefan Latinovic, to his roster this spring. Stefan is not on the roster yet and the article does not say what class he belongs to. I guess you assume freshman but that is not always the case with international players. Let's hope Stefan is a great rebounder. Perhaps more important in tennis that it is in basketball. Maybe HCDB will pair up Stefan and senior Harua inoue in doubles. Haru is 5-7.

            The Shockers do have 4 seniors on this year's roster. Although native Wichitan Austin Williams doesn't play much.

            Last edited by 1972Shocker; December 19th, 2018, 06:55 PM.


            • #9
              Shockers Add a 2nd Spring signing to this year's roster.

              Head coach Danny Bryan announced today the signing of Bruno Britez, a native of San Lorenzo, Paraguay. Britez will join spring signee Stefan Latinovic in January. Britez comes to Wichita State with substantial experience competing on the ITF Juniors Circuit, where he achieved a career high ranking of No. 91.

              Coach Bryan been working hard on the recruiting trails this year.

              Welcome to Wichita State Bruno and hope you have a great career.
              Last edited by 1972Shocker; January 16th, 2019, 04:43 PM.


              • #10
                The Shocker men split their two opening dual meets of the Spring season losing 0-4 to 13th ranked Oklahoma in Norman on Thursday and then returning to beat Denvier at home (Genesis Health Center) 5-2 on Saturday.

                Shocks appear to have a relatively strong schedule these season. Next weekend they travel to Starkville, Mississippi to take on 4th ranked Mississippi State and then either Arizona or UNC-Wilmington. My guess is that it will be UNC-W.

                The Shocks do have have two home matches against fellow AAC opponents prior to the AAC Championships -- hosting Memphis on March 12th and playing at SMU on April 7th (the final match before the AAC Championships).


                • ShockTalk
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                  Consider this to be the "Thank" button.

              • #11
                The Shocker men, as expected lost 0-4 to 3rd ranked Mississippi State today. However, I wouldn't say they were totally overwhelmed by the Bulldogs.

                As anticipated the Shocks will play UNC-Wilmington tomorrow morning.


                Update: The Shockers evened their record at 2-2 on the season with a 4-0 win over UNC-Wilmington in Starkville, Mississippi.

                Last edited by 1972Shocker; January 27th, 2019, 02:44 PM.


                • #12
                  The Shocks fell at #20 Tennessee 2-5 but gave a pretty good account of themselves.

                  The highlight of the match for the Shockers was Sr. Haru Inoue's 6-4, 6-3 win over #75 Scott Jones.



                  • #13
                    The Shockers lose 0-6 at #15 TCU and drop to 4-4 on the season. The 4 losses have all been to Top 20 teams.



                    • #14
                      The Shocker men lost 0-7 to #25 Minnesota on Friday in Minneapolis and lost 2-5 to Western Michigan on Saturday to fall to 4-6 on the season. The loss to Western Michigan was their first to a team not ranked in the Top 25.


                      • #15
                        The Shocker men went on the road an knocked off #28 Dartmouth 4-2 for their first win over a top 30 teams since 2013.

                        The Shocks lost the doubles point but game back to score victories in the #2, #3, #5 and #6 singles. The #1 singles went unfinished. The Shocks only loss in singles play was in the #4 slot.

                        The Shocks who so far this year have generally played a very tough schedule move to 5-6 on the season. 5 of their 6 losses have come against Top 25 teams.


                        Nice job men! :encouragement: