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Tennis - Fri, Sep. 26, 2008
A three-set semifinal was the undoing of Oklahoma Baptist University tennis player Bruno Scacalossi at last year's ITA Regional, but a reversal of fortunes gives him a chance to play with fresh legs at this year's event.

Scacalossi lost to Oklahoma Christian's Esteban Flores, retiring in the third set of the finals last season after cramping in the heat of a three-set win in the semifinals. Scacalossi had no such struggle this season, but teammate Gustavo Schaefer did. As a result of the length of Schaefer's three-set quarterfinal win, the championship was pushed to Saturday.

Schaefer lost in the semifinals to Flores. Scacalossi advanced by beating Oklahoma Christian's Henson Adams, 6-2, 6-2, and then beating OBU teammate Scott Milner, 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinal round.

Action Saturday begins at 9 a.m.

In other men's single play, Milner opened with a win over Maxim Salitra of OC, 6-1, 6-1, while OBU's Michael Canavan lost in the opening round to Flores, 6-1, 6-1, and then bowed out with a 6-2, 6-0 consolation loss to Florian Thies. Thies went to the consolation side after the three-set loss to Schaefer, 6-7 (7-4), 6-0, 6-4.

"I was really proud of Gustavo. He really worked hard for that win," said OBU coach Sue Dick.

In men's doubles, Scacalossi and Schafer advanced to the finals with an 8-1 win over Salitra-Adams. They await the winner of the other semifinal to be played on Saturday.

On the women's side, OBU advanced both Paola Costa and No. 2 seed Samantha Attard to the semifinals.

Costa used a first round bye and a second-round 6-0, 6-0 win over Southern Nazarene's Brittany Campbell and a quarterfinal win over OC's Sara Byrne, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the semis.

Attard got there by knocking off SNU's Steffie Plaza, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarters after a second-round 6-0, 6-0 trouncing of SNU's Hilary Galbraith.

Attard faces Pelagie Gamo of SNU, while Costa meets SNU's Olga Kozhevnikova, who dispatched top-seed teammate Isabella Bauer, to reach the semis.

Brooke Mowery won her first round match over Callie Draelos of OC, 6-2, 6-1, but lost in the second round to fifth-seeded Byrne, 6-2, 6-3.

Sarah Alexander had a similar fate, winning her first round match against SNU's Allison White, 6-1, 6-1, before losing to Plaza, 6-1, 6-0, in the second round.

Camber Robinett lost in the second round to third-seeded Gabriela Nastasa, 6-4, 6-1.

ITA Regional Results
Oklahoma Baptist University
Sept. 26-27, 2008
(Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma Christian, Southern Nazarene)

Women's Singles
First Round
Brooke Mowery, OBU, def. Callie Draelos, OC, 6-2, 6-1
Pelagie Gamo, SNU, def. Sara Yeargan, OC, 6-2, 6-0
Leila Kehani, OC, def. Emily White, SNU, 6-0, 6-1
Sarah Alexander, OBU, def. Allison White, SNU, 6-1, 6-1

Second Round
(1) Isabella Bauer, SNU, def. Katie Halbesleben, OBU, 6-1, 6-1
Olga Kozhevnikova, SNU, def. Catarina Franka, OC, 6-4, 6-1
(5) Sara Byrne, SNU, def. Mowery, OBU, 6-2, 6-3
(4) Paola Costa, OBU, def. Brittany Campbell, SNU, 6-0, 6-0
(3) Gabriela Nastasa, OC, def. Camber Robinett, OBU, 6-4, 6-1
Gamo, SNU def. Kehani, OC, 6-4, 6-2
Steffie Plaza, SNU, def. Alexander, OBU, 6-1, 6-0
(2) Samantha Attard, OBU, def. Hillary Galbraith, SNU, 6-0, 6-0

Kozhevnikova, SNU, def. Isabella Bauer, SNU, 6-4, 6-3
(4)Costa, OBU, def. Byrne, SNU, 6-1, 6-2  
Gamo, SNU, def. Nastasa, OC,6-2, 3-6, 6-1
 (2)Samantha Attard, OBU, def. Steffie Plaza, SNU, 6-1, 6-4

(4)Costa, OBU vs. Kozhevnikova, SNU, Saturday
(2)Attard, OBU vs.. Gamo, SNU, Saturday

Finals, Saturday

Yeargan, OC, def. E. White, SNU, 6-0, 6-1
Halbesleben, OBU, vs. Franka, OC
Draelos, OC, vs. Campbell, SNU
Robinett, OBU, vs. Yeargan, OC
A. White, SNU, vs. Galbraith, SNU

Franca OC, def. Halbesleben, OBU, 6-1, 6-1
Draelos OC, def. Campbell, SNU, 6-1, 6-3
Yeargan OC, def. Robinett, OBU, 6-0,6-1
Galbraith SNU, def. A.White, SNU, 6-1, 6-2

Franka, OC vs. Draelos, OC, Saturday
Yeargan, OC vs. Galbraith , SNU, Saturday

Finals, Saturday

Women's Doubles
First Round
(1) Gabriela Nastasa-Leila Kehani, OC, vs. Allison White-Emily White, SNU, Saturday
Pelagie Gama-Sara Byrne, SNU, vs. Brooke Mowery-Camber Robinett, OBU, Saturday
Isabella Bauer-Olga Kozhevnikova, SNU, def. Catarina Franka-Callie Draelos, OC, 8-2
(2) Samantha Attard-Paola Costa, OBU def. Brittany Campbell-Hilary Galbraith, SNU,8-0

Baurer-Kozhevnikova, SNU, vs. Attard-Costa, OBU, Saturday

Finals, Saturday

Men's Singles
First Round
(1) Esteban Flores, OC, def. Michael Canavan, OBU, 6-1, 6-1
Gustavo Schaefer, OBU, def. Florian Thies, OC, 6-7 (7-4), 6-0, 6-4
Scott Milner, OBU, def. Maxim Salitra, OC, 6-1, 6-1
(2) Bruno Scacalossi, OBU, def. Henson Adams, OC, 6-2, 6-2

(1)Flores, OC, def. Schaefer, OBU, 6-4, 6-1
(2)Scacalossi, OBU def. Milner, OBU, 6-2, 6-2

Scacalossi, OBU vs. Flores, OC, Saturday

Thies, OC def. Canavan, OBU, 6-2, 6-0
Adams, OC def. Salitra, OC, 4-6, 3-1 Ret.

Thies, OC vs. Adams, OC, Saturday

Men's Doubles
(1) Estaban Flores-Thies Florian, OC, vs. Scott Milner-Michael Canavan, OBU, Saturday
(2) Bruno Scacalossi-Gustavo Schaefer, OBU def. Maxim Salitra-Henson Adams OC, 8-1

(1) Scacalossi-Schaefer, OBU vs. winner (1) Estaban Flores-Thies Florian, OC, vs. Scott Milner-Michael Canavan, OBU, Saturday