Oct. 3, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Members of the Auburn men's tennis team concluded the first two days of the three-day Georgia Tech Invitational Sunday in Atlanta. Representing the Tigers at the tournament is senior Michel Monteiro, sophomores Davis Taylor and Michael Wardell and freshman David Livingston.
"It is good for these four student-athletes to get their first tournament under their belts," associate head coach Gabor Pelva said. "We saw a lot of positive things and are looking forward to having a successful fall season from these four."
Day One - Saturday
Taylor kicked off the tournament with a two-set win over Lipscomb's Chad Pierron (7-6, 6-4), but fell to Georgia's Will Oliver, 6-4, 6-4. Wardell opened with a two-set (7-5, 6-4) loss to Vanderbilt's Alex Zotov, while Monteiro and Livingston each had a two-set loss to start the tournament.
Wardell and Monteiro paired up for doubles competition and earned an 8-5 win over Lipscomb's David Salazar and Oliver Strecker. The duo fell to UAB's Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman in the second round, 8-6.
Also pairing up for Auburn was Taylor and Livingston. The two fell to UAB's Dan Cornei and John Hollimon, 8-3. In the consolation bracket, Taylor and Livingston lost to South Alabama's Parker Allen and Jairo Seur, 8-4.
Day Two - Sunday
Monteiro opened the second day of competition with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Dominique Maden of Clemson, but fell to Georgia State's Gabriel Townes in two sets (6-3, 6-0).
Wardell picked up two victories Sunday, starting with a tough, two-set (6-4, 7-6 (4)) win over North Alabama's Matt Feury. He then defeated Middle Tennessee's Shaun Waters in two sets, 6-2, 6-4. With the two wins, Wardell reached the finals of consolation "A" bracket.
"I'm very excited with how Michael (Wardell) has played throughout this tournament and am proud of him for reaching the finals," Pelva said. "Both he and Michel (Monteiro) have played well and are constantly improving."
Wardell continues competition tomorrow with a 10:30 a.m. CST match for the consolation "A" championship.