AU Tennis has success at D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships

TULSA, Okla. – Junior Alex Stamchev and sophomore Tim Hewitt had a successful Tuesday afternoon at the 2010 D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships as the two each picked up singles wins and a doubles victory.

Stamchev opened the day with a two-set victory over Duke's Fred Saba in the third round of the Men's Singles Qualifying Draw. The Pleven, Bulgaria, product took set one with a quick 6-1 decision to start the match. The two athletes battled in the second set to a tiebreak, but Stamchev came out on top with a 7-6 (4) win.

"It was another good day for Alex (Stamchev) as he continues to play very well," head coach Eric Shore said. "He's going to have another tough match tomorrow but is ready for the challenge."

Hewitt, competing in the Men's Singles Qualifying Consolation, recorded a two-set win over host Tulsa's Tristan Jackson to conclude his singles run in the tournament. He took the first set by a score of 6-0 and finished out the match with a 6-4, second-set win.

"Tim (Hewitt) is playing very well and is constantly improving," Shore said. "His experience in this tournament will be helpful in preparing him for the regional tournament coming up."

Stamchev and Hewitt paired together to compete in the Men's Doubles Qualifying Consolation and received a bye in the first round due to withdrawal by the other team. In the second round, the pair took on Nebraska's Benedikt Lindheim and Andre Stenger and came away with an 8-3 win.

"They played very well in the second round and it was nice to open up the tournament with the withdrawal," Shore said. "They have a big challenge ahead of them tomorrow and I'm looking forward to see how they step up and play."

Competition continues for Stamchev and Hewitt at the D'Novo/ITA All-American Tennis Championships Wednesday starting at 10:30 a.m. CST as Stamchev faces Pepperdine's Finn Tearney in the fourth round of competition. Stamchev and Hewitt take on Ohio State's Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa at 2:30 p.m. CST in the third round of doubles play.