Kadiri Wins ITA East Region Championship
Dupljak and Kurz drop doubles semifinals match
October 30, 2001

PRINCETON, N.J. - Virginia Tech men's tennis player Saber Kadiri saved his best tennis of the fall season for the ITA Omni Hotels East Region tournament. The event, hosted by Princeton University, featured the best collegiate players in the eastern region.

Kadiri (Jr., Algiers, Algeria) won the championship Tuesday morning with a solid 6-3, 6-4 win over third-seeded Jonathan Chu (Harvard). He advances to the ITA Omni Hotels National Championships Nov. 9-11 in Dallas, Tex.

The victory on Tuesday capped a tremendous run by Kadiri, seeded 17-32, through the impressive field. He defeated Craig Rubin (Penn) 6-1, 6-3 in the second round after receiving an opening round bye. Kadiri's strong play continued with an easy 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 13 seed Ryan Murphy (Yale) in the third round before he escaped with an 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory against Kris Goddard (Brown) in the round of 16. Kadiri actually trailed 5-2 in the deciding set before rallying for the win.

Kadiri then pulled off the surprise of the tournament with a surprisingly easy 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal upset of top seed Nick Malone (Brown). The victory over Malone set up a semifinal match against teammate and fourth-seeded Andreas Laulund (So., Odense, Denmark). Laulund had advanced to the semis with a tough 6-1, 0-6, 6-4 quarterfinal win over 15th seeded Zach Gallin (Cornell). Kadiri picked up a 6-4, 4-2 (ret.) win as Laulund was forced to retire in the second set.

The Hokies run in the doubles competition came to an end in Tuesday's semifinals as Davor Dupljak (Sr., Karlovac, Croatia) and Michael Kurz (Jr., Stuttgart, Germany) lost 8-5 to the second-seeded team of William Lee and Mark Riddell (Harvard). The Tech duo had upset the top-seeded team of Jamie Cerretani and Nick Malone (Brown) 9-7 Monday afternoon.

While Kadiri travels to Dallas for the nationals, the remainder of Tech's men's team will remain home to participate in the Virginia Tech Invitational Nov. 9-11. The tournament will be played at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus.