Buck in Semis at Region Championships
Air Force senior Shannon Buck continued his winning ways Friday at the 2005 Wilson/ITA Region VII Men's Tennis Championships, advancing to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Thomas Schoeck of Boise State.
Buck will face a familiar foe in the semis, Adam Holmstrom of the University of Denver, on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The two players met earlier this fall in the finals of the DU Invitational, with Holmstrom prevailing, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The winner of Saturday's match will receive an automatic entry to the National Indoor Championships, held Nov. 3-6 at Ohio State University.
Senior Trevor Johnson and junior Robby Alexander were eliminated in the singles consolation round Friday. Johnson lost to Graeme Kassautzki of New Mexico, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, while Alexander fell to Brice Magnanou of New Mexico State, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles play, Buck and Johnson, the tournament's 10th-seed, upset the sixth-seeded team of Dominik Kaufhold and James Ludlow of BYU, 8-6, in the round of 16, then beat Holmstrom and Niklas Persson of Denver, 8-5, to reach the semifinals. Alexander and Lau lost to Brian Grooms and Kyle Thieme of Northern Arizona, 8-6, on Friday in the consolation round.