TEMPE, Ariz. — The doubles team of Aleksey Bubis and Oggie Kolev from the University of Arkansas won three matches over the weekend to claim the doubles championship of the 2001 Arizona State Thunderbirds Invitational.
Kolev also bounced back from a first-round loss to win the consolation singles title.
Bubis and Kolev won the doubles title with an 8-3 win over Arizona’s Whi Kim and Tom Lloyd, an 8-5 decision over Chris Stewart and Pim Van Mele of host Arizona State and an 8-4 victory over Arizona’s Steven Capriati and Carl Hagman in the title match.
“I’m really pleased,” Arkansas head coach Robert Cox says. “They handled the heat really well. It continues the Arkansas doubles tradition of always having tough teams. In singles, Bubis played well and Oggie has had a great fall. I’m really proud of them.”
Kolev, now 12-2 this fall, lost to Kim in the first round, 3-6, 7-5, 10-8, but bounced back in the consolation bracket with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Stewart, a 6-4, 6-2 win over Prakash Venkataraman of Rice, a 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 win over Corrie Sheepers of Utah and an 8-2 victory over Bruno Arapovic of Arizona in the finals.
Bubis also faired well in singles, reaching the semifinals before being eliminated by Olivier Charroin of Arizona State, 6-4, 7-6 (6). He advanced with wins over Carl Hagman of Arizona, 6-2, 7-5, and Mirza Duranovic of ASU, 6-2, 6-4. Following his loss, Bubis beat Kim in a consolation back-draw match.
In a separate weekend tournament, the Midland Open in Midland, Texas, Tiago Azevedo and Oscar Ohlsson each lost in the first round, advanced in the consolation bracket with a win and then both were eliminated.
Azevedo lost to TCU’s Jacob Martin, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, beat Pepperdine’s Brian Wright, 6-3, 6-4, and fell to SMU’s Eric Cone, 6-4, 6-3. Ohlsson lost to second-seeded Rainer Neurohr of Baylor, 6-4, 6-1, beat Texas’ Ryan Haymond, 6-3, 6-1, and lost to Baylor’s Corey Ross, 7-6, 6-4.