Air Force Duo Wins First Doubles Match at ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 4, 2004
Air Force's top men's doubles team of senior Tyler McClung and junior Shannon Buck opened the 2004 fall season with a tough 9-8 victory Monday over Jordan Freitas and Jacopo Tezza of TCU in the first round of the qualifying draw at the 2004 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Freitas and Tezza came into the fall season ranked No. 55 in the country, but could not overcome McClung and Buck, who were 17-8 last season. The Falcon pair will continue their quest for the 32-team main draw on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., against Neils Boksik and Alexander Farquharson of Texas-Arlington. McClung and Buck need two more victories to make the main draw.
Buck, ranked No. 51 in the country in singles, is scheduled to play in the 64-player main singles draw, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 7.
The 2004 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championship is not only the largest single tournament in collegiate tennis, with over 350 competitors, but also the first of three national championship events during the 2004-05 season at the NCAA Division I level.
The All-American Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the season, and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships include 192-singles player and 96-doubles team prequalifying tournaments played October 1-3 which feed into 128-player and 64-doubles team qualifying tournaments October 4-6. The 64-player, 32-doubles team main draw takes place Oct. 7-10. The singles tournament fields can run over 350 players, making it the largest collegiate event of the season.
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