Nov. 3, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Top seeds had mixed results in opening round matches Thursday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships at the Racquet Club of Columbus.

North Carolina’s Jenna Long edged top-seeded Suzi Babos of California, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, in today’s opening round of women’s singles. The loss snaps a 15-match win streak for Babos that dates back to last season and includes two national titles (NCAA and ITA All-American). She is the first No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round at this event since Cal’s Raquel Kops-Jones fell to Oklahoma’s Anda Perianu in 2003. Fifth-seeded Theresa Logar lost 6-4, 6-4 to Georgia Tech freshman Kirsten Flower, a Columbus native, in another upset. All told six of the top eight women’s seeds advanced to Friday’s round of 16, including No. 2 Audra Cohen of Miami (Fla.), No. 3 Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech and defending champ Diana Srebrovic of Florida, the No. 7 seed.

UCLA’s top-seeded Ben Kohlloeffel posted a 6-2, 6-3 opening round victory over Boise State’s Clancy Shields in men’s singles. Kohlloeffel captured the ITA National Indoor and NCAA singles titles last season. He’s looking to become just the third men’s player to repeat as champion and first since Arizona State’s Sargis Sargsian in 1994-95. Second-seeded John Isner of Georgia squeaked out 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over SMU’s Alex Skrypko tonight. Skrypko came within two points of an upset over Isner, who was a semifinalist last year in Columbus. Five of the top eight men’s seeds notched wins today. Third-seeded Arnau Brugues was the biggest upset victim, falling 7-6(6), 6-0 to Wake Forest’s Todd Paul.

Host Ohio State had a strong opening day on the men’s side. The Buckeyes send two players – Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke – to the round of 16. OSU’s Devin Mullings and Chris Klingemann also advanced in doubles today.

The top seeds in men’s doubles, Isner and Luis Flores of Georgia beat California’s Pierre Mouillion and Daniel Sebecen 8-2 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. Isner and Flores, who won the first national tournament of the season – the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships – last month, improve to 10-0 this season. All four of the top four seeds advanced today, including No. 2 Brian Hung and Matko Maravic of Michigan.

It was a different story in women’s doubles as the top two seeds were both bounced in the first round. Top-seeded twins Catrina and Christian Thompson of Notre Dame fell to TCU’s Ana Cetnik and Anna Sydorska 8-3. Second-seeded Babos and Szuzsanna Fodor of Cal lost to Florida State’s Lauren Macfarlane and Nicola Slater 8-6.

The 2006-07 collegiate tennis season’s first of three national championship events for singles and doubles were the ITA All-American Championships in October, followed by this week’s ITA National Indoor Championships. The NCAA Championships in May are the third (and not administered by the ITA).

Friday’s schedule includes men’s and women’s doubles quarterfinals at 9 and 10 a.m. The rounds of 16 (11 a.m.) and quarterfinals (5 p.m.) in singles will also be played tomorrow. Admission is free.

The tournament can be followed at The site features live scoring updates. will broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday.

Men’s Singles – First Round: Ben Kohlloeffel, UCLA (1), def. Clancy Shields, Boise State, 6-2, 6-3; Justin Kronauge, Ohio State, def. Jakub Cech, Fresno State, 6-4, 6-4; Travis Helgeson, Georgia (7), def. Arvid Purnanen, Virginia Tech, 7-6 (7-6), 7-5; Harel Srugo, Old Dominion, def. Sheeva Parbhu, Notre Dame, 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-1; Todd Paul, Wake Forest, def. Arnau Brugues, Tulsa (3), 7-6 (8-6), 6-0; Ryan Rowe, Illinois, def. Clement Reix, Clemson, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Ivan Puchkarov, Oklahoma State, def. Luis Flores, Georgia (6), 6-3, 6-4; Mislav Hizak, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), def. Martin Sayer, Radford, 6-3, 6-3; Andre Begemann, Pepperdine, def. Jared Drucker, Columbia, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); Erling Tveit, Mississippi (8), def. Zach Ganger, Utah, 6-1, 6-4; Steven Moneke, Ohio State, def. Ricardo Soriano, Tulsa, 6-2, 6-2; Lars Poerschke, Baylor (4), def. Henrique Cancado, Old Dominion, 6-2, 6-3; Luke Shields, Boise State, def. Ken Skupski, LSU, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-4; Bojan Zsumanski, Texas Tech, def. Somdev Devvarman, Virginia (4), 6-3, 7-5; Stephen Bass, Notre Dame, def. Greg Ouellette, Florida, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 7-5; John Isner, Georgia (1), def. Alex Skrypko, SMU, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Women’s Singles – First Round: Jenna Long, North Carolina, def. Suzi Babos, California (1), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5; Megan Falcon, LSU, def. Riza Zalameda, UCLA, 6-3, 6-1; Megan Moulton-Levy, William & Mary (8), def. Celia Durkin, Stanford, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3; Elze Potgieter, Texas A&M, def. Annette Aksdal, Denver, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Kristi Miller, Georgia Tech (3), def. Cismina Ciobanu, Notre Dame, 6-3, 6-1; Blakeley Griffith, Tennessee, def. Zsuzsanna Fodor, California, 6-1, 6-2; Jelena Pandzic, Fresno Pacific (6), def. Anastasia Zhukova, UT-Chattanooga, 6-0, 6-2; Jessica Nguyen, Stanford, def. Sarah Fansler, Southern California, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Shadisha Robinson, South Florida, def. Yasmin Schnack, UCLA, 6-1, 6-2; Kirsten Flower, Georgia Tech, def. Theresa Logar, Stanford (5), 6-4, 6-4; Zuzana Cerna, Baylor, def. Julie Blackmore, Ohio State, 6-1, 7-5; Melanie Gloria, Fresno State (4), def. Caitlin Burke, Wisconsin, 6-3, 6-0; Carole Salge, Clemson, def. Colleen Rielley, Notre Dame, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; Diana Srebrovic, Florida (7), def. Imke Reimers, Nebraska, 7-5, 6-3; Natalie Frazier, Georgia, def. Nina Henkel, California, 6-4, 6-3; Audra Cohen, Miami (Fla.) (2), def. Anna Lubinsky, Texas A&M, 6-1, 6-2.

Men’s Doubles – First Round: John Isner and Luis Flores, Georgia (1), def. Daniel Sebecen and Pierre Mouillion, California, 8-2; Devin Mullings and Chris Klingemann, Ohio State, def. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel, Tennessee, 9-8 (7-5); Markus Dickhardt and Christian Groh, San Diego State (4), def. Ryan Keckley and Sheeva Parbhu, Notre Dame, 8-6; James Cluskey and Ken Skupski, LSU, def. Andrei Kumantsov and Mikael Pavlou, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8-6; Julien Carsuzaa and Dennis Riegraf, Lynn (Fla.), def. Omar Altman, Pepperdine and Andre Begemann, Pepperdine, 9-7; Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom, Middle Tennessee (3), def. Diego Camacho and Ross Cunningham, Tulsa, 8-4; Busudev Ratnam and Eric Thomas, Brown, def. Max Jones and Kamil Pajkowski, New Mexico, 8-5; Brian Hung and Matko Maravic, Michigan (2), def. Alex Cojanu and Colin O’Brien, William & Mary, 8-3.

Women’s Doubles – First Round: Ana Cetnik and Anna Sydorska, TCU, def. Catrina Thompson and Christian Thompson, Notre Dame (1), 8-3; Jenny Miccoli and Anastasia Surkova, BYU, def. Julie Blackmore and Caitlin O’Keefe, Ohio State, 8-3; Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long, North Carolina (3), def. Georgia Rose and Alexis Prousis, Northwestern, 8-5; Kim Coventry and Joelle Schwenk, Kentucky, def. Whitney Benik and Nina Suvak, Florida, 8-5; Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen, Stanford, def. Daniela Bercek and Elizabeth Plotkin, Duke, 8-3; Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zorcic, William & Mary (4), def. Kamila Dadakhodjeava and Tereza Veverkova, Auburn-Montgomery, 8-1; Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft, Notre Dame, def. Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio, Georgia Tech, 8-5; Lauren Macfarlane and Nicola Slater, Florida State, def. Suzi Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor, California (2), 8-6.