Giel and Kessler Retire Due to Injury in Semifinal Action

LAKELAND, Fla. – (Tennis) Tech finishes above .500 winning thirteen matches at the ITA Regional Championships. The #4 seeded pair of Keith Kessler
(Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Clifford Giel (Savaneta, Aruba) won three double matches heading into the final two in the semifinals facing the #2 seeded Lorenzo
Cava and Dennis Reinert from Lynn. Unfortunately the pair had to retire ahead 3-4 and the Lynn tandem won by default to make the championship game later
that afternoon.

The senior pair were up a service break with Tech serving 15 love, when Giel turned his ankle on the serve. Despite the tough finish, the team had headed
into the match with everything in their favor including the extra rest that the Lynn team did not have still playing on the single side.

Head Coach Bill Macom stated, “The team really had the best turn-out in his two short years of the four-year old program…They actually played great doubles
the entire tournament and I was impressed by Jon Hanna who had a great opening tournament.”

Combined, the women’s and men’s teams notched a program-best best 13 wins in 25 matches played for a .520 winning percentage. The men went .500 winning
nine of their 18 matches, while the women went above the bar with a .571 record taking four matches out of the seven played.

On Saturday, Giel and Kessler defeated Presbyterian duo of Aaron Chapman and Matt Martin 9-8. Freshman Jonathan Hanna (Nassau, Bahamas) upset John Bonner
from Eckerd 6-3, 6-4 in back-draw action. Advancing to the back-draw semifinals, Hanna unfortunately succumbed to Florida Southern’s Nick Berning 7-6
(7-5), 6-4 in Tech’s final single action of the ITA regionals.

Also finishing off play on Saturday, senior Christina Smith (Arouca, Trinidad) and Hanna fell to Greg Heartt and Justin LaFlamme of Florida Southern 8-6 in
the doubles back-draw.

2006 Wilson ITA Southeast Regional Tournament
Hosted by Florida Southern in Lakeland, Florida
Thursday, September 28th thru Sunday, October 1st
Court Locations: FS – Florida Southern Courts; CC – City Courts

Men Team Abbreviations: Barry (BU); Carson-Newman (CN);
Eckerd (EC); Florida Gulf Coast (FGC): Florida Southern (FS);
Florida Tech (FT); Lynn (LU); Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA);
Presbyterian (PC); Rollins (RC); Saint Leo (SL)

Women Team Abbreviations: Barry (BU); Carson-Newman (CN);
Eckerd (EC); Florida Gulf Coast (FGC): Florida Southern (FS);
Florida Tech (FT); Lynn (LU); Nova Southeastern (NS)
Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA); Presbyterian (PC);
Rollins (RC); Saint Leo (SL); Tampa (UT)

First Round of 64
(7) Keith Kessler (FT) def. David Barragan (BU) – 7-6 (5), 6-3
Clifford Giel (FT) def. John Borthick (CN) – 6-0, 6-1
Isaac Galindo (FS) def. Jonathan Hanna (FT) – 6-0, 6-2
Axel Joachim (LU) def. Christian Smith (FT) – 6-2, 6-0

Second Round of 32
Gustavo Carvalho (RC) def. (7) Kessler (FT) – 6-4, 6-4
Manuel Lauter (BU) def. Giel (FT) – 6-1, 2-6, 10-8

Men’s Singles Back Draw
Singles 1st Round
Hanna (FT) def. Michael Schwartz (RC) – default
Ray Duyungan (FS) def. Smith (FT) – 6-1, 6-1

First Round of Doubles 32
(4) Cliff Giel/Keith Kessler (FT) def. John Borthick/Stephen McNally (CN) – 8-1
Manuel Lauter/ Victor Rodriguez (BU) def. Hanna/Smith (FT) – 8-5

Second Round of Doubles 16
(4) Cliff Giel/Keith Kessler (FT) def. Alex Gjesten/ Alberto Gutierrez (FGC) – 8-2

Men’s Singles Back Draw
Singles 2nd Round
Jon Hanna (FT) def. David Barragan (BU) – 6-2, 6-1

First Round
Jon Hanna/Christian Smith (FT) def. Brenton Bacon/Andrew Karn (FGC) – default

Third Round –Quarterfinals
4) Cliff Giel/Keith Kessler (FT) def. Aaron Chapman/Matt Martin (PC) – 9-8

Singles-Quarterfinals (Saturday)
Jon Hanna (FT) def. John Bonner (EC) – 6-3, 6-4

Singles – Semifinals (Saturday)
Nick Berning (FS) def. Jon Hanna (FT) – 7-6, 6-4

Quarterfinal Round (Saturday)
Greg Heartt/ Justin LaFlamme (FS) def. Jon Hanna/Christian Smith (FT) -8-6

Fourth Round –Semifinals
2) Lorenzo Cava/Dennis Reinert (LU) def. (4) Cliff Giel/Keith Kessler (FT) – 3-4, ret. inj.

First Round of 64
Michaela Horvathova (FT) def. Allison Beck (UT) – 6-1, 6-1
Natalia Ramos (FT) def. Silvia Frandji (RC) – 6-4, 6-0

Women’s Doubles First Round of 32
Horvathova/Ramos (FT) def. Mary Crider/Andrea Moncada (NS) – 8-5

Second Round of 32
(1) Tasi Purcell (RC) def. Michaela Horvathova (FT) – 6-3, 6-0
Natalie Ramos (FT) def. Leigh Shelton (LU) – 1-6, 6-1, 10-8

Third Round of 16
(2) Ildiko Csordas (BU) def. Ramos (FT) – 6-1, 6-3

Women’s Doubles Second Round of 16
(2) Alex Schunk/Vici Weltz (LU) def. Horvathova/Ramos (FT) – 8-2

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