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April 14, 2003

USI menís tennis is the third seed at the GLVC Tournament this week

The University of Southern Indiana menís tennis team will be the number three seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tennis Tournament this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. The tournament will be held at North Central High School Friday and Saturday, April 18-19.

The Screaming Eagles, who are 8-8 overall and completed the GLVC schedule with a 6-2 record, will play Quincy University in the first round of the tournament. The Eagles defeated Quincy in the regular season, 5-1. The Hawks were 3-5 during the conference schedule and are 10-9 overall in 2002-03.

In singles, senior Bhavesh Chadda (India) and junior Weston Phillips (Henderson, Kentucky) lead the team with 13 wins each. Chadda, who plays number three singles, is 13-6 overall and was a perfect 6-0 in GLVC action. Phillips also enters tournament action at 13-6 overall record and was 5-1 in conference play.

Chadda and Phillips are followed by Halim brothers, senior Paulus and Daniel (Indonesia). Daniel, who has seen action at number four or five singles, has an 11-7 overall record and improved to a 6-1 record in the GLVC this spring. Paulus continues to be one of the top players in the GLVC, amassing an 11-8 overall mark at number one singles and was 4-2 in the GLVC.

Rounding out the double digit winners is sophomore Chris McCreight (Jeffersonville, Indiana). McCreight, who saw limited action as a freshman, posted a 10-7 overall record at number five and six singles and was 4-2 in league play.

A key to the Eagles success in the GLVC Tournament may be the availability of freshman Ryan Hughes (England). A healthy Hughes, who has been battling a knee injury this spring, would be a big plus for the Eagles at number three or four singles. Hughes has record a 3-5 record this spring in singles.

If Hughes is unable to go, sophomore Evan Luttrell (Logansport, Indiana) will step into the number six position. Luttrell has anchored the USI line up in Hughes absence, recording a 5-5 overall mark, 2-2 in conference action.

Another key to USIís success in the conference tournament will be doubles play. The Eagles will have to get more productivity from its number one and three teams.

The Halim brothers have had a rough time this year at number one doubles. The pair is 6-12 overall this year and only 3-3 in the GLVC play. The pairings of McCreight/ Hughes and McCreight/Luttrell have had a similar fate at number three, combining for a 4-11 overall record, 2-3 GLVC.

Leading doubles action for USI is Phillips and Chadda at number two doubles. This pair is 14-8 overall and 5-2 in GLVC play.

If USI can get past Quincy on Friday, the Eagles will play the winner of the University of Indianapolis-Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the right to go for their fifth straight GLVC title on Saturday. USI has won last four GLVC Tournaments and has appeared in the last five championship matches.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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