Oct. 1, 2013
TULSA, Okla. (SMU) - Arturs Kazijevs won two singles qualifiers and the duo of Nate Lammons and Alex Sanders did the same in doubles as SMU had a strong day at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday.
Kazijevs defeated Karue Sell of UCLA in the first round of qualifiers, 7-6 (6); 4-6; 6-3. Sell achieved a career-high combined junior ranking of 33rd in 2011 before becoming a Bruin, and participated in three of four junior Grand Slam tournaments. Kazijevs then beat senior Daniel Cochrane of Auburn in the second round, 7-6 (0); 6-3.
Lammons and Sanders combined to defeat Matt Frost and Robin Goodman of Drake in the first round 8-6. The duo then ousted Jonny Wang and Max De Vroome of USC in the second round. Wang is currently the No. 63-ranked singles player in the nation and was a top-20 player nationally in high school. De Vroome was half of the No. 76-ranked doubles pair in the nation to end 2013 with teammate Roberto Quiroz. De Vroome was the No. 1-rated junior player in the Netherlands before getting to USC and was ranked No. 21 in the world.
"We are continuing to see solid results from our hard work in practice," Head Coach Carl Neufeld said. "It was a big day for Mustang tennis,"
Kazijevs will face Danil Zelenkov of George Washington in the third round of singles qualifiers tomorrow. Lammons and Sanders will take on Brett Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen of North Carolina in the third round of doubles qualifiers tomorrow. The main draw will begin Thursday.