TULSA, Okla. – Sophomore Ben Shelton moved on in the main draw after notching a win over the No. 3 and No. 29 players in the country, while senior Andy Andrade added another win for the Gators in the main singles consolation draw at the ITA All-American Championships.
Shelton put together two solid wins to advance to the Round of 16 in the singles main draw after defeating two ranked players in the top-30 of ITA’s preseason rankings.
It started in the Round of 64 on Wednesday, Oct. 6, when Shelton was set to face No. 29-ranked Martim Prata of Tennessee. The Gator overpowered his opponent in two sets to win 6-4, 6-2.
In the following round, Shelton had a tall task ahead of him as he faced No. 3-ranked and 1-seeded Daniel Rodrigues of South Carolina, who finished runner-up of the NCAA Singles Championships last season against teammate Sam Riffice.
Shelton shot out to an early lead as he won the first set 6-3. Shelton was ahead two games to none in set two and would advance to the Round of 16 when Rodrigues retired due to injury.
No. 14 Andrade competed in the main singles consolation against Utah’s No. 98 Franco Capalbo on Thursday and pulled out his first win of the tournament. Andrade claimed the first set 6-2, the secured the victory with a battle in the second set, 7-5.
UP NEXT: Shelton faces No. 24 Ronnie Hohmann of LSU in the Round of 16 tomorrow. Shelton competed against Hohmann earlier this summer in the M15 Weston tournament, where he defeated the Tiger, 6-3, 6-2. Andrade will also play tomorrow against Pepperdine’s Eric Hadigian.
Main Draw Singles Results
No. 86 Ben Shelton def. No. 29 Martim Prata (Tennessee), 6-4, 6-2
No. 86 Ben Shelton def. No. 3 Daniel Rodrigues (South Carolina), 6-3, 2-0 (retired, injury)
No. 37 Kody Pearson (Tulsa) def. No. 14 Andy Andrade, 6-2, 7-6
Singles Main Consolation Results
No. 14 Andy Andrade def. No. 98 Franco Capalbo (Utah), 6-2, 7-5
Main Draw Doubles Results
No. 17 Bradley Frye/Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. No. 57 Abedallah Shelbayh/Mattias Siimar, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles Main Consolation Results
No. 9 Garrett Johns/Sean Sculley (Duke) def. No. 57 Abedallah Shelbayh/Mattias Siimar, 7-6 (10), 6-4
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