Thornton Knocked Out in Qualifying for ITA Regional Indoor Championships

Oct. 14, 2004

Tennessee men's tennis player Johnny Thornton dropped his first round qualifying match Thursday at the ITA Regional Indoor Championships. Also, on Thursday the brackets for the main draw were released.

Six Vols open the tournament Friday. Ben Rogers and Rawl Martin both play at 8 a.m. Rogers faces SEC rival Jordan Dolberg while Martin opposes Colt Gaston of LSU. David Baxendine begins play at 9:30 a.m. against another SEC opponent Vanderbilt's Jason Pinsky. Matt Berry and Kiril Tcherveniachki both start at 9:45. Berry faces Miami's Vivek Subramanian and Tcherveniachki squares off against Kai Schledorn of MTSU. Ockie Oosthuizen received a first round bye and will not begin play until 1:15 p.m.

UT double pairs Baxendine and Tcherveniachki and Martin and Thornton begin doubles competition at 5 p.m. Baxendine and Tcherveniachki face Kentucky's Alex Hume and Jesse Witten. Martin and Thornton play Southeastern Louisiana's Haris Huremovic and Olivier Nussbaum. Oosthuizen and Rogers received a bye into the second round and don't begin play until Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

ITA Regional Indoor Championships-Thurs. Oct. 14
Qualifying - Singles - Round of 32

Reid Bourgeois (USM) def. Johnny Thornton (UT) 6-2, 6-2





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