Clarksville, Ark.-Shaun Wiseman's men's tennis team produced another strong outing at the ITA Regionals held in San Antonio, Texas over the weekend.
Junior Bishop Bass posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over John Martin of Mary Hardin-Baylor and then earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Drew Reid from Texas-Tyler to make it all the way to the final 16 of the A singles draw. Todd Turner posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Edgar Torres from Howard Payne to advance to the final 32. In the consolation round for the A singles draw, Corey Dillard was impressive as he advanced all the way to the final eight before suffering a setback. Greg Knaggs earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ilya Pound from Hendrix College and then posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Morgan Weaver from LeTourneau to move on to the final eight. Michael Skimbo earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andrew Eurek from Hardin-Simmons in the B singles draw to advance to the final 16. In doubles, Skimbo teamed with freshman Tyler Keel played well and advanced to the final eight of the B doubles draw.
“The ITA Regional tournament has held some of the stiffest competition that we see all year and this year was no exception,” said Wiseman. “We did a great job in singles and I was particularly impressed with the three freshmen that came with us. Tyler and Dillon Murray both won multiple matches before losing to a pair of outstanding players. Todd and Bishop both posted nice singles victories before succumbing to two high lineup Trinity players. Greg also had a couple of wins before the rain cut his tournament short.”
“I was happy with my lower lineup doubles teams of Skimbo and Keel as well as Scott Eibes and Matthew Harrison. They both played well, and if not for the rain, could have made nice runs in the B doubles draw.”
The ITA tournament wrapped up fall play for the Eagles and now Wiseman and his program will focus on even bigger things for the Spring.
“We are now into the offseason and I am very hopeful that the internal motivation these guys possess will keep them working hard into the Spring, when we begin our quest to bring an ASC Conference Championship back to Clarksville.”