Bubis to Play No. 15 Alex Vlaski in Opening Ro
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Aleksey Bubis will take to the courts Thursday in the opening round of the ITA/Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. Bubis will take on the tournament’s fifth seed, No. 15 Alex Vlaski fom the University of Washington.
This will be Bubis’ fourth match against a top 100 opponent this year. So far, Bubis (10-5) is 2-1 against ranked opponents, with wins over No. 90 Divan Coetzee (Mew Mexico) and No. 60 Vedran Vidovic (Indiana St.). Bubis’ loss came in the finals of the ITA Region V Tournament when he was beaten by Tulsa’s Alejandro Tejerina, No. 97.
This is Bubis’ first ever ITA national competition and he is one of seven players in the field of 32 who are not ranked in the top 100. Among the top players is the number one player in the nation, Kentucky’s Jesse Witten. Other top ten players include No. 5 Benjamin Becker (Baylor), No. 6 Amer Delic (Illinois), No. 8 Oliver Maiberger (San Diego St.), No. 9 Bobby Reynolds (Vanderbilt) and No. 10 Jeremy Klemetz (Middle Tennessee St.).
Bubis will face Vlaski in Farmers Branch, Texas, at the Brookhaven Country Club at 11:30 am. Second and quarterfinal rounds will be on Friday with semis on Saturday and finals on Sunday.
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