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Men’s Tennis: Watt qualifies for All-Americas

Meaghan Veselik | Monday, October 11, 2010

In a difficult week for the Irish, junior Casey Watt was the lone qualifier to the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

Senior Dan Stahl and sophomore Blas Moros both participated in the qualifying draw that began last Monday and neither were able to advance into the main draw of the event.

No. 69 Stahl fell to Florida’s sophomore, Nassim Slilam 6-0, 6-0 in an early match and No. 112 Moros fell to Virginia’s Julen Urigen in a three-set match. Moros won the first set 6-3, then dropped each of the next two by the same score.

“Each had a very tough first round match, as Blas played a returning starter from Virginia, probably the country’s best team this year, and Dan played one of Florida’s better players,” Irish coach Bobby Bayliss said. “The idea in sending them to the qualifying rounds was to expose them to high national level competition and give them the opportunity to see where they are.”

No. 39 Watt was unable to continue in the main draw of the same event after falling Thursday to No. 14 Marcel Thiemann 6-3, 6-1, pushing Watt to the consolation round.

Watt fell to Ashley Watling of Tulsa, ending his tournament.

The Irish will next play host to the Midwest Regional Championships that begin Oct. 21.