Gents Tennis Competes Well in Abilene
Friday, February 11, 2005



ABILENE, Tex. – The Gents pulled off a series of individual victories in men’s tennis action on Thursday and Friday taking on Texas Tech, Hardin Simmons, and Abilene Christian at the Eager Tennis Pavilion. During the first day of competition the Gents were unable to overcome undefeated Texas Tech falling, 1-6 and had difficulty adjusting to indoor facilities dropping the Hardin Simmons match, 5-2. On Friday, Centenary battled Abilene Christen, but was unable to regroup as the Wildcats skimmed past the Gents 7-0.

Arthur Okura had an impressive two days of play in the fourth slot, easily taking HSU’ Wade Morgan 6-1, 6-2 and battled TTU’s Chris Ramsey to a tiebreaker. Okura was down 0-5 in the final set against the Red Raider freshman, but rallied back winning the match, 3-6, 7-5, 10-8.

Josh Pinto also came out on top in No. 2 singles, demolishing HSU’s Wes Kidd, 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles action, Okura teamed with Russ Patrick to take their first No. 2 doubles win of the season against HSU’s Reed Stafford and Bjorn Subia, 8-4.

Centenary (0-5) will return to the court on February 15, taking on Alcorn State at the Willie Mae Latham Taylor Recreation Park in Lorman, Mississippi.

RESULTS:

Texas Tech- 6   Centenary-1

DOUBLES:

1. Bojan Szumanksi/Michael Innerebner (TTU) def. Brian Roberts/Josh Pinto (CC), 8-1

2. Adrian Prpic/Dimitrio Martinez (TTU) def. Russ Patrick/Arthur Okura(CC), 8-0

3. Teddy DiBlasi/Ryan Vogl (CC DEFAULT)

SINGLES:

1. Bojan Szumanksi (TTU) def. Brian Roberts (CC), 6-0, 6-0

2. Adrian Prpic (TTU) def. Russ Patrick (CC), 6-1, 6-1

3. Teddy DiBlasi (TTU) def. Josh Pinto (CC), 6-4, 6-0

4. Arthur Okura (Centenary) def. Chris Ramsey (TTU), 3-6, 7-5, 10-8

5. Dimitrio Martinez (TTU) def. Chris Champion (CC), 6-0, 6-0

Hardin Simmons- 5   Centenary- 2

DOUBLES:

1.Wu/Grace(HSU) def. Brain Roberts (CC) 8-3

 2.Russ Patrick/Arthur Okura (CC) def. Stafford/Subia (HSU) 8-4

3. Palmatier/Morgan (HSU) (Centenary DEFAULT)

SINGLES:

1. Lehman (HSU) def. Brain Roberts (CC) 6-0. 6-2

2. Kidd (HSU) def. Russ Patrick (CC) 6-1, 6-2

3. Josh Pinto (CC) def. Morgan (HSU) 6-3, 3-6, 11-9

4. Arthur Okura (CC) def. Palmatier (HSU) 6-1, 6-2

5. McDowell (HSU) def. Chris Champion (CC) 6-0, 6-0

Abilene Christian- 7   Centenary- 0

DOUBLES:

1.Kevin Beedy/Bryce Hicks (ACU) def. Brain Roberts/Josh Pinto (CC) 8-0

2. Casper Steenkamp/William McDonald (ACU) def. Russ Patrick/Arthur Okura (CC) 8-0

SINGLES:

1. Casper Steenkamp (ACU) def. Brian Roberts (CC) 6-3, 6-0

2. Bryce Hicks (ACU) def. Russ Patrick (CC) 1-6, 7-5, 10-5

3. Kevin Beedy (ACU) def. Josh Pinto (CC) 6-0, 6-4

4. William McDonald (ACU) def. Arthur Okura (CC) 6-3, 6-1

5. Evan Puglia (ACU) def. Chris Champion (CC) 6-0, 6-0

6. George Carstons(ACU) (Centenary DEFAULT)