Oct. 2, 2006
TULSA, Okla.– David North defeated Rice’s Ben Harknett, 6-4, 6-3 Monday to advance to the second round of qualifying at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championship at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
North, one of the top-16 seeds in the prequalifying tournament, earned a bye in the first round and quickly dispatched Old Dominion’s Rodrigo Souza Saturday afternoon, 6-3, 6-2. The Durban, South Africa native then advanced to the qualifying draw with a 6-4, 6-0 victory Sunday in his third round match against Aaron Phillips of Ball State.
North will compete in second round singles play Tuesday morning and then join teammate Eric Molnar in the afternoon to face Texas Tech’s Adrian Pripic and Bojan Szumanski in the first round of the qualifying doubles tournament. Molnar and North are the No. 1 seed in the qualifying doubles tournament.
The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships include five days of qualifying events that precede the October 5-8 main draw. The 128-player prequalifying tournament took place Sept. 30-Oct. 1. This fed into 128-player and 64-doubles team qualifying tournaments Oct. 2-5, which then feeds into the 64-player, 32-doubles team main draws.
The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the 2006-07 collegiate tennis season, and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
Livestats for all matches at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships can be found at www.tulsahurricane.com.
Georgia Tech in Prequalifying Tournament:
(R1) David North (GT) advanced via bye
(R2) North (GT) def. Rodrigo Souza (ODU), 6-3, 6-2
(R3) North (GT) def. Aaron Phillips (Ball St.), 6-4, 6-0*
*North advanced to Qualifying Tournament with victory
Georgia Tech in Qualifying Tournament:
(R1) David North (GT) def. Ben Harknett (Rice), 6-4, 6-3