Tulsa, Okla. – Texas men’s tennis swept all four matches to open play in the main draws at the ITA US Championships on Wednesday. junior Micah Braswell, Eliot Spizirri and Siem Woldeab all won in singles to qualify for the round of 16, while Spizzirri teamed up with juniors Cleeve Harper win in doubles to reach the round of 16.
Woldeab, ranked No. 98, opened the day by continuing his stellar play in the fall by beating No. 11 seed Brian Cernoch of North Carolina 9-16, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. So far this season, Woldeab has played 11 singles matches with all but one of them facing the top 100 opponents. He was 10-1, including two wins against top-11 ranked players. He next faces another ranked opponent in Oregon’s No. 74 Joshua Charlton on Thursday at 9 a.m. CT.
The 35th-seeded Spizzirri followed with an effective 6-1, 6-4 win over host school Tulsa’s Connor Di Marco. He next plays at 11 a.m. Thursday against eighth seed No. 9 Tyler Stice of Auburn, whom Woldeab defeated in the semifinals of the Commodore Invitational on Sept. 24.
Meanwhile, No. 16 Braswell came away with a Red River victory over No. 101 Alex Martinez of Oklahoma, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1, and will face another foe of the Big 12 in Baylor’s No. 36 Tadeas Paroulek at 12:30 p.m. CT Thursday.
Harper and Spizzirri wrapped up the day with a 7-5, 6-4 doubles win over UCLA No. 57 Patrick Zahraj and Alexander Hoogmartens. After facing a pair of Bruins, they will now face a pair of USC Trojans in No. 2 seeds Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye at 4 p.m. CT Thursday. It will be a rematch of last month’s Southern Varsity Championships where the Longhorns claimed an 8-6 victory on Sept. 17.
ITA All American Championships
Single Main Draw Round of 64 – Wednesday 5 October
9-16 seeded No. 16 Micah Braswell (UT) def. No. 101 Alex Martinez (OU), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1
No. 35 Eliot Spizirri (UT) def. Connor DiMarco (Tulsa), 6-1, 6-4
No. 98 Siem Woldeab (UT) def. 9-16 seeded No. 11 Brian Cernoch (UNC), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles Main Draw Round of 16 – Wednesday 5 October
No. 16 Cleeve Harper/Eliot Spizirri (UT) def. #57 Patrick Zahraj/Alexander Hoogmartens (UCLA), 7-5, 6-4
Singles Main Draw Round of 16 – Thursday 6 October
9-16 seeded No. 16 Micah Braswell (UT) vs #36 Tadeas Paroulek (BU), 12:30 CT
No. 35 Eliot Spizirri (UT) vs. 8 seed No. 9 Tyler Stice (AUB), 11:00 a.m. CT
No. 98 Siem Woldeab (UT) vs. No. 74 Joshua Charlton (ORE), 9 a.m. CT
Doubles Main Draw Round of 16 – Thursday 6 October
No. 16 Cleeve Harper/Eliot Spizirri (UT) vs. 1 seed No. 2 Stefan Dostanic/Bradley Frye (USC), 4 p.m. CT