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    Marek Czerwinski won two straight matches to advance to the quarterfinal round.

    Marek Czerwinski won two straight matches to advance to the quarterfinal round.

    Oct. 17, 2009

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In the second day of action at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships hosted by the University of Michigan, sophomore Dennis Nevolo and senior Marek Czerwinski each claimed two matches to advance to the quarterfinal round of the singles main draw. The duo also advanced to the third round of doubles play with a win earlier today.

    No. 3-seed Nevolo swept Western Michigan's Michael Calderone, 6-3, 6-3, before claiming a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 14-seed Patrick Pohlmann of Wisconsin, while 13th-seeded Czerwinski battled to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Michigan's Mike Sroczynski and later topped No. 8-seed Balazs Novak, 7-6 (4), 6-2. After receiving a first-round bye in doubles play, the fifth-seeded pair defeated Austin Brooks and John Stratton of Michigan State, 8-1.

    Also competing in the singles main draw was junior Connor Roth, who fell to ninth-seeded Casey Watt of Notre Dame, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, while in a consolation bracket match, junior Abe Souza defeated Jeff Rutherford of Eastern Illinois, 6-4, 6-1. Roth and Souza dropped their second-round doubles match, 8-5 to Notre Dame's Watt and Tyler Davis.

    "I thought we had good focus today for the most part," head coach Brad Dancer said. "We need to keep playing as freely as possible and be more aggressive, so we have that explosiveness on the court."

    The quarterfinals will get underway tomorrow, with Nevolo taking on seventh-seeded Evan King of Michigan, while Czerwinski will battle No. 2-seed Moritz Baumann and in doubles, the duo will face tenth-seeded Stephen Havens and Daniel Stahl of Notre Dame.

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