TULSA, Okla. – Boise State men's tennis players James Meredith and Vicente Joli fell from doubles action at the D'Novo Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships, Saturday (Oct. 10), losing in the consolation bracket of the main draw.
After dropping their first match on Friday to the tournament's No. 1 seed, Jaime Hunt and Nate Schnugg (Georgia) 8-6, Meredith and Joli won their second match of the weekend, 8-5, against Patrick Daciek and Yoann Re (Virginia Tech) to advance in consolation play. Their third match would be their last, however, as Meredith and Joli lost to Austen Childs and Simon Childs of Louisville, 8-3. The loss ended Meredith and Joli's week at the tournament.
Meredith Pulls Big Upset Before Falling in Third Round
Heavy rain on Thursday (Oct. 8) forced matches indoors at the D’Novo Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., but that didn’t slow Boise State’s James Meredith from making his presence felt on his first day of competition.Meredith bowed out of singles competition at the ITA All-American Championships, Friday (Oct. 9), but not before pulling his biggest upset of the fall with a win against the No. 7 ranked player in the country.
No. 53 ranked Meredith opened Friday’s action in the round of 32 after a first round win against No. 60 Shuhei Uzawa of Ohio State, 7-6, 6-2, on Thursday. That win set Meredith up against No. 7 nationally ranked Alex Clayton of Stanford. After dropping the first set, 4-6, Meredith rallied with wins in the second and third sets (6-3, 6-3), completing the upset. The win improves Meredith to 4-0 this season against opponents ranked nationally in the top-75.
His run at a tournament title would end shortly after, however, as Meredith faced Tulsa’s Ashley Watling in the round of 16. Meredith fought hard, but fell to Watling, 6-1, 6-2, to end his week in singles.
Joli bowed out of singles competition on Monday (Oct. 5) after suffering a three set loss to Calin Paar of Nebraska (1-6, 7-6, 6-1).