TULSA, OKLA. - Sophomore Esben Hess-Olesen saw his strong run through the bracket at the ITA A-A Championships end Thursday. Hess-Olesen had advanced to the main draw of the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships being held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa but he was eliminated Thursday in the first round of the consolation draw.
Hess-Olesen, a sophomore from Viby, Denmark, won his qualifying round singles match on Wednesday, becoming one of 16 players from the qualifying phase to advance to the main draw which begins on Thursday. After beating TCU's Amau Dachs and Baylor's Marko Krickovic in the first two rounds of the tournament, Hess-Olesen easily won over Memphis' Johnny Grimal in the third round, 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, UNC freshman Brett Clark and senior William Parker almost made it through to the main draw after winning three straight matches. The duo was eliminated in the qualifying round of doubles, falling in a close match to Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal of Baylor.
In doubles Tuesday, freshman Brett Clark and senior William Parker combined to go 2-0 to advance to the third round of Qualifying Doubles on Wednesday. Hess-Olesen and Vick split their two doubles matches, falling in the second round to the eighth-seeded team from Mississippi State.
2012 ITA Men's All-American Championships
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Main Draw Singles (Oct. 4)
First Round — Esben Hess-Olesen, default; First Round Consolation — Chris Mengel (Duke) d. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC), 6-4, 6-4
Qualifying Singles (Oct. 1-3)
First Round - Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Amau Dachs (TCU), 6-3, 6-3; Nelson Vick (UNC) d. Nathan Sereke (Boise State), 6-3, 6-4
Second Round - Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Marko Krickovic (Baylor), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) d. Nelson Vick (UNC), 7-6, 6-2
Qualifying Round - Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Johnny Grimal (Memphis), 6-1, 6-2
Qualifying Doubles (Oct. 1-3)
First Round - Esben Hess-Olesen and Nelson Vick (UNC) d. Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock (Florida State), 8-3; Brett Clark and William Parker (UNC) d. Japie DeKlerk and Alejandro Sanchez (Tulsa), 8-4
Second Round - Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp (Mississippi State) def. Esben Hess-Olesen and Nelson Vick (North Carolina) 8-5; Brett Clark and William Parker (North Carolina) def. (14) Garret Dunn and Michael Swank (Iowa) 8-4
Third Round - Brett Clark and William Parker (UNC) d. Syrym Abdukhalikov and Alejandro Augusto (Tennessee Tech), 9-7
Qualifying Round - Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal (Baylor) d. Brett Clark and William Parker (UNC), 8-6
Pre-Qualifying Singles (Sept. 29 & 30)
First Round - William Parker (UNC), Bye; Brett Clark (UNC), Bye
Second Round - William Parker (UNC) d. Nick Papac (Oklahoma), 6-1, 6-3; Ryan Shane (Virginia) d. Brett Clark (UNC), 6-7, 7-6, 6-3
Third Round - WIlliam Parker (UNC) d. Drew Lied (Michigan State), 6-3, 6-3
Final Round - Thorsten Bertsch (San Diego State) d. William Parker (UNC), 6-4, 6-4