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September 27, 2003


(Hosted by Northwood University in Midland, Michigan)

University of Southern Indiana freshman Joe Epkey (Greenwood, Indiana) advanced to the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Great Lakes Regional in Midland, Michigan. Epkey, who was seeded ninth in the regional, advanced to the semifinals Saturday morning after defeating third seeded Martin Hoch of Ferris State University, 5-7, 6-3 (10-8).

Epkey had advance to the quarterfinals by winning three in row on straight sets.

USI senior Weston Phillips (Henderson, Kentucky) joined Epkey in reaching the quarterfinals. Phillips, the sixth seed, bowed out after losing to the second seeded Ross Johnson of Indianapolis, 6-3, 6-4.

First Round Singles:
#6 Weston Phillips (USI) def. Matt Kuzdub (Davis & Elkings) 6-1, 6-4
Mark Hammelman (Ferris State) def. Ryan Hughes (USI) 6-4, 2-6 (10-6)
Kyle Taylor (USI) def. Farraz Siddiqi (Wayne State) 6-4, 6-1
Nim Shetty (USI) def. Justin Sauebrey (Grand Valley State) 6-2, 6-2
Evan Luttrell (USI) def. Justin Foley (Michigan Tech) 6-2, 6-0
#9 Joe Epkey (USI) def. Clark Campbell (West Virginia Wesleyan) 6-0, 6-0

Second Round Singles:
#6 Weston Phillips (USI) def. John Vadnal (Mercyhurst) 6-4, 6-1
#7 Jason Cole (Ferris State) def. Kyle Taylor (USI) 6-1, 6-1
#10 Marcus Blumberg (Northwood) def. Nim Shetty (USI) 6-2, 6-2
#14 Alex Beauregard (Lake Superior State) def. Evan Luttrell (USI) 6-2, 6-0
#9 Joe Epkey (USI) def. Bastien Labarta (Northwood) 6-2, 6-4

Third Round Singles:
#6 Weston Phillips (USI) def. #11 Oliver Marinkovic (NKU) 6-4, 6-1
#9 Joe Epkey (USI) def. #8 Tomas Menec (Northwood) 6-3, 6-4

Quarterfinals Singles:
#9 Joe Epkey (USI) def. #3 Martin Hoch (Ferris State) 5-7, 6-3 (10-8)
#2 Ross Johnson (Indianapolis) def. #6 Weston Phillips (USI) 6-4, 6-2

First Round Doubles:
Ryan Hughes/Nim Shetty (USI) def. Ryan Exaltacion/John Nichols (Mercyhurst) 8-4
#5 Joe Epkey/Weston Phillips (USI) def. Alan Dowell/Dustin Guthrie (Indianapolis) 8-2
Shaughn Barnett/Justin Sauebrey (Grand Valley State) def. Evan Luttrell/Kyle Taylor (USI) 8-6

Second Round Doubles:
#1 Martin Hoch/Francisco Valencia (Ferris State) def. Ryan Hughes/Nim Shetty (USI) 8-6
#5 Joe Epkey/Weston Phillips (USI) def. Lucas Krasowski/John Vadnal (Mercyhurst) 8-5

Quarterfinals Doubles:
Marcus Blumberg/Gerrit Lotz (Northwood) def. #5 Joe Epkey/Weston Phillips (USI) 8-2

Consolation Singles:
Evan Luttrell (USI) def. Tom Redband (Mercyhurst) 6-1, 6-2
Nim Shetty (USI) def. Brandon Simmons (West Virginia Wesleyan) 5-7, 6-4 (10-2)
Ludovic Marmet-Demers (Lake Superior State) def. Kyle Taylor (USI ) 6-4, 6-1
Ryan Hughes (USI) def. Lucas Krasowski (Mercyhurst) 7-5, 6-0

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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